San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles reported that the newly-opened Mexican restaurant in the Castro changed its name from Bandidos to Hecho.
The name change came after a small group of Latino Americans headed by openly-gay Latina comedian Marga Gómez protested the name Bandidos which they said was offensive to Mexican Americans. It is a Spanish word for “criminal” or “outlaw.”
Well, the name change didn’t put an end to the controversy. Now a group of Filipino Americans living and working in the Castro is protesting the new name. In Tagalog slang, the plural of Hecho sounds too close to a Filipino term, echos, which means “lie.” When someone is called echosero or echosera, it means he or she is a liar.
“We are thrilled that a new Mexican restaurant has opened in the Castro,” the group said, “especially because Mexican cuisine is similar in many ways to Filipino food. But to name the restaurant Hecho is offensive to us, Pinoys (slang for Filipino).
The group is headed by openly-gay Filipino American actor and comedian Alec Mapa, a San Francisco native. It is scheduled to meet with Hecho’s owners early next week.
Will Bandidos, a.k.a. Hecho change its name yet again? How about just “The Mexican Restaurant?”
San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Openly-lesbian Latina comedian Marga Gómez is one happy camper these days. Last week, she spearheaded a protest against the owners of a new Mexican restaurant in the Castro named Bandidos. Her group claimed that the name is offensive to Mexicans and Mexican Americans. It is a Spanish term for “outlaw” or “criminal.” Gómez, who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage, demanded that the owners change the name of the restaurant. Today, the owners announced they were changing the name to Hecho, a Spanish term that means “made,” as in “made in the U.S.A.”
Feeling energized by her ‘victory,’ Gómez has started a new petition and protest. This time she wants the City and County of San Francisco to change the name of Castro Street. Nevermind that the street was named after Jose Castro, leader of Mexican opposition to U.S. rule in the 19th century. “The name has nothing to do with the LGBT community,” Gómez said.
Speaking to local media today, including The Adobo Chronicles, Gómez admitted that the real reason for her protest is that the street name reminds her of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. “As a Cuban American, and as a lesbian, I want a steet name that is more reflective of my sexual, political and racial identity,” she said. “I am no fan of Fidel.”
Gómez said she plans to meet with County Supervisor Scott Wiener who represents the 8th district which includes the Castro. She also plans to do a one-woman show at the Castro Theatre next month to help raise funds to finance the name change petition.