'We are all Mexicans' stirs pride in some, side-eye in others
Cuban-American producer Emilio Estefan this week released the single “We are all Mexicans,” a mariachi rap collage video that aims to celebrate Latino pride in the U.S.
The producer told NBCNews the project was a labor of love and has made it clear in several interviews that the song it is not about Donald Trump or politics, which is confusing given the title.
Estefan described the project as a "celebration of Hispanics and our accomplishments.I want to send a message that represents unity," he told NBCNews.
"I saw a lot of negativity about Hispanics," Estefan told NBCNews. "It's not about Donald Trump. It's about the celebration of Hispanic Heritage and how lucky we are to be in America."
The video features a wide and diverse group of celebrities including Pitbull, Thalia, Wyclef Jean, Taboo (from Black Eyed Peas), Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, and Carlos Vives.
The song also includes quick cameos by Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Carlos Ponce, Perez Hilton, and Guillermo Rodriguez (from Jimmy Kimmel).
Responses have been mixed among the audience. Many felt “united and proud,” other Twitter users “apologized for this monstrosity of video.”
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