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Jenni who?

22 December 2012

Now that she’s dead, the U.S. “mainstream media” has decided that Jenni Rivera, a  Californian who sold 15 million records (more than any other contemporary American pop singer) just might deserve some passing mention.

Jenni RiveraThe Washington Post at least admits they never heard of Jenni Rivera before she died.  And, until her plane crash, she hadn’t been seen as worthy of coverage by ABC, CBS, Fox or  NBC either.

The United States is the third or fourth largest Spanish speaking country in the world (if you include Puerto Rico, the U.S. and Argentina are tied for third) but its news to the news media Spanish-language culture is alive and well in the country.


(Ok, I never mentioned her either, but then, I don’t much like Banda and Norteño music.  I HAVE talked about Mayan rock-n-roll, Nahuatl death metal and even Bolivian hip-hop on various occasions).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 December 2012 6:17 am

    I didn’t know who she was, until I read this blog.

  2. 22 December 2012 7:14 am

    The lamestream media has always hated accordion-and-tuba based pop.

  3. invincible tambien permalink
    22 December 2012 11:44 am

    As a Mexican American growing up in Los Angeles (home to millions of Mexican Americans) I got used to being part of this invisible group of people. But we Chicanos never gave a shit, we could laugh at the idiocy of most gavacho’s and mainstream media types, usually “no nothing east coast gringos” who feel annointed and sabio as they portrayed every Mexican from Zapata, Pancho Villa, Juarez, to RItchie Valens, and Selena with non Mexicans who fit some huero stereotype, notwithstanding various maids, hookers, gardners, and gangsters where actual Mexicans could be found in Movies and TV.
    So the curiosity of the US media concerning La Jenni is not the least surprising, as she was in many ways an actual Mexican American phenom who became popular from the ground up so to speak, due to the support of actual Mexicans and Mexican Americans. An invisible person who had a whole career and only became visible when her death and the outpouring of popular support hit the mainstream media types in the face like a hard backhand slap. I can hardly wait for the soon to be produced movie of Jenni’s life to appear on TV or cinema, no doubt starring Lady Gaga or maybe the new Miss Universe from Venezuela.
    PS BTW, talking about lame, I got a kick out of the Professor of all things Mexican, Burro Hall, who refers to Jenni Rivera as a “Gringo”, wow! Burro, if you say so it must be true!

    • 23 December 2012 7:03 am

      Estimado imbécil tambien – Jenni Rivera was an American born in America, and in the context of making a humorous point on a blog on the internet, the word “gringo” is funnier than “estadounidense.”

      Also, the new Miss Universe is from Cranston, Rhode Island. But if you say she’s from Venezuela, it must be true!

  4. Alberto permalink
    22 December 2012 8:42 pm

    Many Latinos did not know who she was, and many of us who knew her music thought she was talentless and sucked. I find it surprising that she has received so much (any) attention at her passing. She got her start in music riding the coat-tails of her brother Lupio Rivera, who has a small amount of musical talent. If you ever heard Jenni Rivera sing a-capella you would know what a cat in heat sounds like.

    Jenni Rivera was popular among the “nacos” who listen to banda music. She was not only admired by the “nacos” and cholas who listened to her music but lived the lifestyle of the nacos and wanna-be chola. Just look at the lyrics of some of her early music to learn what “basura” means.

  5. Karina permalink
    30 December 2012 12:20 am

    WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE? ALBERTO WHO? Exactly no one. So do not judge! She started on her own she did not took any part from her brother, for your information they had a big fight were they didn’t talk to each other because she recorded with another production instead of her father’s Cintas Acuario Production. k. lol I listen to her music and I am not a chola. Her music describes all the wrongs a guy does to a woman, and that is why many man feel insecure when they listen to such music and lyrics when it comes from a woman! dude man up!

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