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ASIAN AND HISPANIC JOURNALISTS PROTEST USE OF ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS’ IN NEW SUPERMAN MOVIE

Controversial scene from 'Batman v Superman' (screen capture)
Controversial scene from ‘Batman v Superman’ (screen capture)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Two of the country’s minority journalism organizations today formally protested the use of the term ‘illegal alien’ in the new Hollywood film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Asian American Journalists Association(AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) sent a strongly-worded joint letter to Zack Snyder accusing the film’s director of perpetuating stereotypes and fueling anti-immigrant sentiments.

The film’s first trailer was released yesterday. In one scene, Superman (Henry Cavil)  is seen on Capitol Hill being mobbed by angry protesters bearing placards with messages like “Superman = Illegal Alien,” and “Aliens are Un-American.”

The letter asked Snyder: “How difficult is it for you to use ‘undocumented immigrant’ instead of ‘illegal alien?’

AAJA and NAHJ have been advocating against the use of offensive and derogatory language by the media especially as it relates to immigrants and minority communities.

In a brief email response to the journalism organizations, Snyder simply said, “Chill, guys. This is fiction! Besides, Superman IS an alien!”

The film opens March 16, 2016 in theaters worldwide. Ben Affleck plays the role of Batman.

MARCO RUBIO ACCUSES ABC OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

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HOLLYWOOD, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Yesterday, we reported that the new season series of ‘The Muppets’ will premiere next Tuesday on ABC with additional new cast featuring 12 of the Republican presidential candidates.

One candidate, Cuban American Marco Rubio, was left out of the cast.

Upon seeing the promo for the new “Muppets” with the faces of his fellow Republican candidates, Rubio immediately cried ‘foul’ and accused ABC of racial discrimination. ‘They invited and cast all the leading Republican presidential candidates except myself, a Latino,’ Rubio said. ‘What is ABC’s beef with a Cuban American?’image

ABC executives responded to Rubio, saying that the new show only had room for 12 people, considering that it already had a cast of dozens of puppets.

But  today, ABC seemed to have found its way out of Rubio’s complaint. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry just announced that he was dropping out of the presidential race, creating a vacancy in The Muppets cast.

So Rubio is in.  All is well that ends well!

ASIAN AND HISPANIC JOURNALISTS DECRY MEDIA USE OF ‘ANCHOR BABY’

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(Screen grab)

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Two of the national minority journalism organizations have issued advisories urging the media to refrain from using the term, ‘anchor baby,’ which commonly refers to a child born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents.

The Asian American Journalists Association  (AAJA) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) both called the term offensive and derogatory especially to the immigrant communities.

Republican presidential candidates have been focusing on illegal immigration in the campaign trail, calling for the building of great  walls along the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada, urging the Department of Homeland Security to deport all of the estimated 11 Million undocumented immigrants now in the country, and proposing an end to birthright citizenship as we know it.

The journalism groups suggested the use of alternative terms and labels, including ‘birth tourism,” and ‘babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents (or undocumented immigrants).

Additonally, AAJA proposed the use of ‘Anchor Bobby’ instead of ‘anchor baby.’

‘Bobby’ of course is Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby (Piyush) Jindal, who was born in Baton Rouge in 1971, to an Indian mother.  At the time of birth, Jindal’s mom was a non-U.S. citizen which technically qualifies the governor to be called anchor baby … we mean Anchor Bobby.