Fox News: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem having an “anchor baby”

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I guess the question is: How surprised should we be?

We actually should be, considering it’s coming from Fox News Latino, out of all sections of Fox News. Colorlines brought attention to the abysmal headline above the news that actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are having their child in Los Angeles. One hot child at that, but an anchor baby? Are the folks at Fox News Latino actually aware of the ridiculously offensive meaning of that term?

One would think yes, considering Colorlines found some background info on managing editor Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush’s sentiments about Fox News Latino when it launched just this October:

“We’re aiming at Latinos whose first language is English, who inform themselves in English, who are deeply American, but share some of the cultural sensibilities of their parents or grandparents.”

Apparently not. A Hispanic Republican group is also calling for an apology and for the headline to be taken down, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Contact Fox News here or here and let them know that if they’re really in sharing “cultural sensibilities” on Fox News Latino, they’ll remove this senseless and derogatory headline.

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  1. Posted December 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I don’t mean to derail, but that tagline for Fox News Latino is worthy of a whole other blog post itself. “We’re aiming at Latinos … who are deeply American, but share some of the cultural sensibilities of their parents or grandparents.”

    Fox News is implying that to be “deeply American” is necessarily a different thing from being culturally Latino, basically. They don’t present these two things as mutually exclusive since their readership is assumed to portray both sensibilities at the same time, but they do suggest that the linkage of the two is an oxymoron of sorts. In fact the parent/grandparent thing is striking too; it assumes that those who initially immigrated to the US did not have American sensibilities (whatever those are) and it was up to their offspring to learn to balance the scales, so to speak.

    How does this not completely offend the very people they’re trying to market to?

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