The Guardian's Sophie Heawood, who hails from Yorkshire. has boasted that
"A Yorkshire childhood trains you to be distinctly unimpressed by the rest of the world" but in a recent interview with Gael Garcia Bernal she seemed quite impressed by the arrogant Mexican movie star.
She gushed that "I could write myself straight into Pseuds Corner
trying to do justice to the penetrating depth of his green eyes, so let’s just say the man has presence..." and she called the actor "a freedom fighter".
She also refers to the actor as "Bernal", which indicates that she, along with many other well-paid journalists, does not know how Spanish surnames function. In Spanish-speaking countries people have two surnames, one from the father and the other from the mother. She ought to call the actor "Garcia", or "Garcia Bernal", but not "Bernal. (See my explanatory article What's In a (Sur)Name? Plenty, If You're Planning An Amnesty
When the topic of the Donald Trump candidacy comes up, Garcia goes ballistic
“I mean, he called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers. How closed-minded and f—king ignorant is that? At first, you don’t listen, but then it reaches a point where you go, OK, now he’s created exactly what he maybe wanted to, which is that people are angry. I’m upset. I’m upset if I listen to anybody talk like that. We started to give Donald Trump so much space, and we started to validate his opinion, as if it’s like, ‘You know, it’s a valid opinion.’ No, it’s not valid. It’s hate discourse, and what follows next is genocide or civil war. I mean, that’s how it begins.”Gael García Bernal: 'Donald Trump calls Mexicans rapists and drug dealers. It's hate discourse'Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, December 30, 2015
"Genocide or civil war"? I think Garcia has it backwards. It's more likely that Trump would prevent genocide than cause it.
Then Garcia goes on to pontificate about Mexico.
“Have you been to Mexico?” he asks me. “It’s so much fun. So much fun. Yes, the politics is corrupt, and I used to think it was machiavellian too – astute and with malice. No, it’s actually just inept. There’s no justice. But the government doesn’t represent Mexican society, which is very heterogeneous, and which is, right now, building up a strong critical mass. There is something very exciting happening. People feel very able to change things.”
Hey, Mexico isn't run by space aliens, it's run by Mexicans. So how do we know that some sort of "revolution" would produce a better government? It might be a worse government.
In the meantime, Americans can elect anybody they want, and they don't need your approval.