Headline of the Day

Fox: Keeping it classy.

Fox News Latino headline reads: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Are Having an Anchor Baby

I suppose the “anchor baby” concept works with anyone who is in this country as an “illegal,” including those from Europe, but the term is usually applied to people of Mexican descent–“illegals” from Latin America are usually just called Mexicans, since Mexicans are the ones invading this country and all.

Oscar-winning couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are both from Spain. Spain…Mexico…same difference. In Spain, they speak Spanish. People with Spanish accents who come to work in the U.S. are illegalz, obviously. Illegalz give birth to anchor babies because America is the best country evar.

Yup. Totally logical headline.

Or…Fox could just be acting like its usual racist self. They’ve called the 14th Amendment the “anchor baby amendment” in the past, so this doesn’t really surprise me.


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3 Responses to Headline of the Day

  1. prof susurro says:

    I don’t know, to me it speaks to the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in which class (movie stars) and sexuality (heterosexuality celebrated/legitimated first through Cruz’s relationship with Tom Cruz – race- and Bardeem’s implied relationship with several white U.S. actresses – race-) made both of these actors, who in their own country are white, socially acceptable to U.S. viewers. At the same time, racism (that as you point out defines all Spanish speaking people as “illegals” and unworthy) combines with sexuality (this time Cruz and Bardeem’s fertility) to trump class through the specter of the anchor baby and “Latino excessive-fertility” It is really quite complex particularly given the narrative so many immigrants have, not to mention the mythos of N. America, about class leveling the playing field. Applying “anchor baby” to established Spanish actors who clearly have all their documents, speaks not only to the overwhelming multiplier that is racism but also to the ways in which it multiplies or transforms other oppressions or privileges accordingly.

  2. Juliana says:

    Wow, I could not believe this when I read it! I think I’m going to have to post this on my blog too….Absolutely true how this also speaks to the way that Cruz and Bardem are racialized as Latino because of linguistic reasons, and therefore come attached with stereotypes about fertility….. But then again Fox hopefully doesn’t represent the views of all the of US. I mean, is everyone that ignorant?

  3. Pingback: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem to have an Anchor Baby | julianabritto.com

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