EPN took to twitter to clear up a big controversy. Unfortunately, it was about whether he knows how to put on a pair of socks!
While we here at CG applaud this as progress, we wonder if EPN might not be better served clearing up more important issues like say, where is Chapo Guzman, or killed those 43 students, or why so many journalists are still dying, or why his wife has a mansion given to her by a big government contractor.
Well at least we all know now that EPN knows the difference between his toes and his heel. He’s still working on distinguishing his butt from a hole in the ground though.
As more corruption allegations arise, El Presidente seems relatively unruffled, or at least his hair does. In a very funny, and very important, article, Rafa Fernandez de Castro asks “How does the Mexican president get his hair to look so flawless?”
Rafa notes that EPN has lego hair; that is, hair that apparently adheres to the US postal service creed (“neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”). Here is the lego version:
The infamous cowlick became a motif when EPN was running for president. Here are some of his supporters demonstrating their follicular affinity:
As opposition has mounted to his presidency, the famous coif is now being used against him:
The public has also taken to social media to debate how he maintains such perfectly coiffed hair. Responding to a photo of EPN finishing a race, one tweeter wrote: “The cowlick is INTACT [sic] please let us know what gel he uses.
Others hypothesize that he has an acrylic helmet, a wig, or perhaps just glues his hair in place. I imagine him having a whole row of acrylic helmets on a shelf, just in case. If only he spent half as much time on issues like murdered students, Mexico might be doing a lot better from a human rights perspective.
Francisco Goldman’s recent articles in the New Yorker have had the best, most nuanced, coverage of Mexico in the English language. In the latest, he highlights the words of Alejandro Solalinde, a Catholic priest and human-rights activist. He notes that the Father “first came to national and international attention about a decade ago when he was running a shelter in a part of Oaxaca on the Central American migrants’ trail, waging what was at first nearly a one-man battle to draw attention to the migrants’ plight: the murders, kidnappings, extortions, and rapes they suffer at the hands of cartels, corrupt police, treacherous coyotes and so many others on their treks across Mexico to the U.S. border.”
He goes on to argue that “Few are better informed than Father Solalinde about what is going on among the various civic, human-rights, local-autonomy, and self-defense groups throughout Mexico. He has become a rare, inspirational figure in the ongoing scandal.”
I would second that. EPN and his crew seem callously tone-deaf to the situation, and Solalinde’s words speak to the heart of the matter. Goldman writes:
“The United States has been relating to a mask. The government is a monster with a mask, and behind the mask is this little man. You’ve been negotiating with a mask, that’s what I told the U.S. Ambassador when he phoned me.”
“These were Mexico’s poorest people, who were used to imagining the President as someone unimaginably great. They discovered that our President is small. The little man of Los Pinos, small and weak. The myth of the strong government is falling. People see that our system is corrupt, decadent, weak. People are losing their fear of describing things as they are.”
Well said, Father, well said.