Shakira takes ‘racist’ Trump to the cleaners

Republican presidential candidate delivered remarks that ended up echoing across Mexico

Ians July 03, 2015
Shakira advocates people to not stand behind so much ignorance. PHOTO: FILE

LOS ANGELES: Singer Shakira and actor America Ferrera are the latest celebrities to speak out against Donald Trump’s recent “hateful and racist” comment about Mexican immigrants.

While announcing his candidacy for America’s next presidential election last month, Trump delivered remarks that ended up echoing across Mexico.

“They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said about Mexican immigrants, before adding, “Some, I assume, are good people.”

While Shakira called out the billionaire on Twitter, Ferrera chose to pen a satiric letter published in a leading daily.

In her tweet posted on Tuesday, the Dare songstress said: “This is a hateful and racist speech that attempts to divide a country that for years has promoted diversity and democracy.”

Shakira followed up the tweet with footage of Trump’s speech alongside a message that read: “No one living in this century should stand behind so much ignorance.”  While Shakira kept it short, Ferrera chose to write a lengthy letter dissing Trump and saying he would never win the upcoming presidential election due to his remarks.

She wrote: “Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are — people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America,” Ferrera started out her extensive letter titled “Thank You, Donald Trump”.

“While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don’t want to spend my time chastising you. I’ll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I’m writing to say thank you.”

“You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that.”

“Here we are pounding the pavement to get American Latinos to the polls, while your tactic proves most effective. Remarks like yours will serve brilliantly to energise Latino voters and increase turnout on Election Day against you and any other candidate who runs on a platform of hateful rhetoric,” Ferrera wrote. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th,  2015.

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