Cinco De Mayo Tweets That Prove Everyone Just Needs To Stop
On Cinco de Mayo (aka May 5) you might find yourself strolling down the street and see BOGO tacos and half-off tequila shot banners outside the nearby Mexican restaurant in town and, naturally, you’ll probably be tempted to partake in the festivities inside. For most Americans this is the normal way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and indeed, most Americans don’t actually know what they are raising a glass to in the first place. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day — that happens on Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo actually marks the Mexican army’s unlikely victory in 1862 over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War and is traditionally not celebrated with copious rounds of margaritas. The midweek stereotyping fiesta that Americans have familiarized with has in turn lost almost all its meaning. These Cinco de Mayo tweets prove everyone just needs to stop and maybe do a quick Google search on the significance of today in Mexican history before indulging.
Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, where it’s seen as a relatively minor holiday celebrated sporadically and mostly in the southern town of Puebla, where the original battle took place.
That being said, let's take a look at some cringe-worthy tweets that effectively sum up at least some Americans' misunderstanding of Cinco de Mayo.
Some proof there should be a Cinco de Mayo lesson in elementary school
Forget finals. It's Cinco De Drinko, not Cinco De Thinko. Get turnt not learnt. ✌️— Kayla Dewey (@KaylaDewey1) May 5, 2016
alright cinco de drinko lets get trashed tonight— lindsay (@lindsayyallenn) May 5, 2016
IT'S CINCO DE DRINKO LETS CHUG SOME TEQUILA CABRONES! — Boombox Cartel (@BoomboxCartel) May 5, 2016
Rain!? on cinco de mayo??? I don't need it! what I do need is a sombrero, unlimited tacos, and a hefty margarita. ¡ole!— Lindsey Hughes (@beautybaby44) May 5, 2016
Reasons why cinco de mayo is better than Christmas:— Slightly Psychotic (@SlightPsychotic) May 5, 2016
Ran ouside naked 'cept for a sombereo. Shotgunned a margarita, scissor kicked a piñata & yelled, "Cinco de Mayo? More like Cinco de Merica."— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) May 5, 2016
It's #thirstythursday and Cinco de Drinko all in one day?? I know what I'm doin tonight. — Tatted Brunettez (@tattedbrunettez) May 5, 2016
I'm so white that I thought Cinco de Mayo was a celebration of five different kinds of mayonnaise.— Valerie Tosi (@valerie_tosi) May 5, 2016
Some people who are just plain confused
Still don't get why non Mexican people celebrate Cinco De Mayo lol— Vic (@VictorDukes23) May 5, 2016
Americans go to Mexican resturaunts to celebrate Cinco de mayo, while the Mexican ladies are stuck at work cooking for everyone 樂— jerrica lagarde (@jerricalagarde) May 5, 2016
Why do Americans think Cinco de Mayo is for them?— gams (@xoxogams) May 5, 2016
Americans be celebrating Cinco De Mayo because their sisters friends ex boyfriends cousins is Mexican and they shared a taco once— She Wants Da Chorizo (@ShiWantsTheC) May 5, 2016
Some people who were able to find the ugly irony of it all
same people celebrating Cinco de Mayo today were tweeting "build that wall" yesterday 樂— Chloe T (@chloetee_) May 5, 2016
Cinco De Mayo - The special holiday where white people get piss drunk & have Mexicans clean up their urine & vomit— Andy Ruther (@AndyRuther) May 5, 2016
white ppl any other day: GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY!— ♡yo soy la princesa♡ (@thelunalovebad) May 5, 2016
white ppl on cinco de mayo: pic.twitter.com/KD9bsw4VjT
all these white people going out and eating Taco Bell for cinco de mayo but tomorrow they will be like "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GO BACK"— lara (@holaniallers) May 5, 2016
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but wanting Mexicans deported.— ThingsWhiteFolksLike (@Things4WhitePpl) May 5, 2016
White people on Cinco de mayo vs. May 6th... pic.twitter.com/xSJUNTQbiZ— Jeff Hicks (@jeffreyhicks51) May 5, 2016
Having a good time on Cinco de Mayo and taking a selfie with fake mustaches and sombreros while downing margaritas might seem harmless, but it can be misinterpreted as offensive and mocking to Mexicans. Sure, the way Americans tend to celebrate the day seems like a fun way to get together with friends, but it has essentially transformed a holiday meant to commemorate the Mexican victory over European invasion into fiesta-filled boozing and stereotyping.
Let's use these tweets as a lesson to do Cinco de Mayo right. Ditch the sombreros and fake accents and give your celebratory business to a Mexican-owned restaurant or establishment. Take a Mexican cooking class or brush up on your Spanish phrases. And hey, if you don't feel like indulging in Cinco de Mayo festivities at all, you can also cheers to the 55th anniversary of the first American in space, which also happened on May 5. Whatever you do though, remember: Let's keep it classy.