Patatín y Patatán

marc anthony and hillary
Marc Anthony endorsed Hillary Clinton during his Miami Arena concert. / photo from Marc Anthony Facebook page

This column is about this and that, and so on, etcetera. Many Spanish speakers – at least in Puerto Rico – use patatín and patatán as a substitute for the catch-all this and that.  It has a nice swing to it. So without further delay, here are some rambling thoughts.

Marc Anthony and Hillary Clinton

Estas elecciones son cruciales para el futuro de la comunidad Latina [sic]. Tu voto hará la diferencia,” says the famosísimo salsa and ballad crooner Marc Anthony during his ongoing concert tour.

He is right about this election, which like all elections are crucial to the Latino community. Then Marc Anthony went on to endorse Hillary Clinton, who this week shared the stage with the Puerto Rican celebrity at the Miami Arena.

I am glad Marc Anthony has found his political voice. And it’s OK by me that he endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Marc Anthony’s endorsement is celebrity gold to Hillary Clinton – or any other candidate, for that matter. Many if not most Puerto Ricans vote Democrat, after all. His endorsement may convince some people on the margins to support Hillary.

However, that doesn’t mean we should all follow Marc Anthony like lemmings. This is not a rant against the singer or the candidate. Just sayin’, a celebrity endorsement is ephemeral. Find your own political voice and follow it. Patatín y patatán.

Wacko Joaquín

hurricane-joanquin-memes-2Love, love, love the meme going around showing the storm category changes of this tempest tossed with the head of actor Joaquín Phoenix. The higher the intensity the scarier the Joaquín. Clean-cut handsome Joaquín presumably is a storm not a hurricane. Full-force category 5 hurricane is Joaquín with the full bush head and beard, scary as all get out.

Here’s some trivia about Joaquín Phoenix that ties perfectly into the meme. Did you know that Joaquín Phoenix, whose real name is Joaquín Rafael Bottom – was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, to missionary parents? His nonHispanic Jewish mother was born in The Bronx.  I once watched David Letterman ask Joaquín Phoenix where he was born on The Late Show. When Phoenix answered “Puerto Rico,” Letterman thought he was joking, then got all flustered when he realized Phoenix was serious. Yeah, Puerto Ricans tend to elicit that reaction from others. Patatín y patatán.

Immigrant Wave

Heard a fascinating report about the future of immigration on NPR this week, based on a Pew Research Center study. Here are some highlights:

• 14 percent of the people – that’s 45 million people – in the United States are now foreign born, a record.

• 88 percent of the population increase between now and 2065 will come from the foreign born or 78 million people.

• 47 percent of today’s immigrant population is Hispanic, but by 2065 that figure is expected to be  split with Asians – that is, 31 percent of immigrants will be Hispanic and 38 percent Asian.

The country, in other words, will look more and more like California. Patatín y patatán.

˜ Maria Padilla

Pew immigrant projections

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