The Latest Criticism Towards Mexican Singer Angela Aguilar Is Pitting Latines Against Each Other – And It’s Not OK

The Latest Criticism Towards Mexican Singer Angela Aguilar Is Pitting Latines Against Each Other – And It’s Not OK belatina latine
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As someone of Mexican descent, I’ve heard the saying “el peor enemigo de un mexicano es otro mexicano,” which translates to “the worst enemy of a Mexican is another Mexican” I’ve heard this countless times.  

And this statement was recently proven right after Mexican singer Angela Aguilar faced social media backlash when she posted a photo on her Instagram account sharing that she’s also part Argentinian.  

The post shows the singer wearing the Argentinian colors — light blue and white — with pride. In the caption, she mentions that she’s 25 percent Argentinian and 100 percent proud of the country’s recent win during the FIFA World Cup. 

Other Latines immediately flooded the comment section of her photo with notable hate, and the same situation happened on Twitter after Angela expressed her love for soccer player Lionel Messi and highlighted her Argentinian descent.  

“In addition to being a product of mercantilism, she’s also odious for supposedly being false Argentinian,” a person tweeted.   

Angela’s father, renowned Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar, took to his social media to confirm that his daughter, indeed, has Argentinian roots, as Angela’s mother is half Argentinian, and her grandmother is 100 percent from the albiceleste country. 

In a live on his social media, Pepe revealed that Angela’s grandmother is a Buenos Aires native.  

No need for unwarranted criticism 

I believe this is enough proof, and we’re safe to say that Angela was not lying or being an inventada just for sharing that she’s part Argentinian.  

Not only Angela, but many Latines have different roots and share distinct cultures. Some people are only of Mexican descent, while others have family in places like Colombia and Costa Rica or Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. We’re all still Latines.   

The fact that we criticize another fellow Latine for having different roots only puts us against each other, and the hate and backlash become a reflection of how close-minded we can be when it comes to feeling pride for another culture.   

Instead of having something rude to say, we should just embrace the fact that, in the end, we’re all Latines, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 100 percent Cuban or 25 percent Argentinian, 25 percent Colombian, and 50 percent Mexican.  

¡Todos somos familia 

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