Filmmaker Michael Moore’s #IfOnlyIWereMexican hashtag backfires
September 19th, 2012
07:50 PM ET

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s #IfOnlyIWereMexican hashtag backfires

By Cindy Y. Rodriguez, CNN

(CNN) - On Tuesday, just a day after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s controversial “joke” about "it would be helpful to be Latino" was posted in a secretly recorded video obtained by Mother Jones, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore was motivated to start the Twitter hashtag #IfOnlyIWereMexican.

Romney's 'helpful to be Latino' comment met with sarcasm, humor

It backfired.

Michael Moore tweeted:

[tweet https://twitter.com/MMFlint/status/248178657917554688%5D

The tweet was made in reference to Romney's comments to donors that "it would be helpful to be Latino,” in order to win the presidency.

Romney seeks advantage from controversial comments

Except most people on Twitter did not understand Moore's reference, or that the comment poked fun at Romney.

The tweet received a number of racy responses.

“#ifonlyiweremexican I would have to worry about getting my head cut off by the zetas, “ and “#ifonlyiweremexican Mitt could mow my yard while I wear sombrero drinking corona thinking about how to beat taxes.” And, the list goes on.

Without background or context, some were offended by the hashtag #ifonlyiweremexican, and are waiting for a response from the "Fahrenheit 9/11" director. FULL POST

Opinion: Media don't get #MuslimRage
Pakistani Muslims protest against an anti-Islam video in Peshawar on Tuesday.
September 19th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Opinion: Media don't get #MuslimRage

Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the editor of the politics blog "The Dean's Report" and co-director of the upcoming documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" Follow him on Twitter: @deanofcomedy.

(CNN) - Newsweek's cover story "Muslim Rage" has inspired a comedic rage.

The magazine's newest issue features an article by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who purports to lecture the West on how to best handle Muslim rage. Newsweek, in an effort to promote the article, turned to Twitter, asking people to tweet their thoughts on the article, followed by the hashtag #MuslimRage.

What happened next was not what Newsweek or Ali could have anticipated or wanted. Instead of an academic discussion about the article, or hate-filled diatribes by Islamophobes, it turned into something extraordinary.

Thousands of tweets bearing the hashtag #MuslimRage filled Twitter, showcasing satire at its best - the type, by definition, which uses "wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly."

The tweets - posted mostly by Muslims it seems - are a comedic roast of the specious proposition that was peddled to us by Newsweek and Ali. Here are just a few samples:

Danya Hajjaji ‏@DanyaHajjaji

When everyone in history class turns to you once 9/11 is brought up. #MuslimRage

Read Dean Obeidallah's full column

September 19th, 2012
01:18 PM ET

Romney's 'helpful to be Latino' comment met with sarcasm, humor

By Alicia W. Stewart, CNN

(CNN) - Just as Mitt Romney's campaign ramped up outreach to Latino voters at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, his "off the cuff comments" that it “would be helpful to be Latino" to win the presidency were met with sarcasm and humor.

"Pobre guey! What Mitt doesn't realize is that if he were Mexican, there's a 94.6% chance that he would've already been deported by his opponent,” CNN Contributor Ruben Navarette wrote on his Facebook page.

Opinion: Romney better off as a Latino?

"It's a terrible joke," said Matt Barreto, author of “Ethnic Cues: The role of shared ethnicity in Latino political participation.” "There is no evidence that Latino candidates have an easier time getting elected. As someone that studies this professionally, this is not true. Minority candidates have a much harder time of winning elections."

In a secretly recorded video obtained by Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, the presidential candidate spoke to donors at a private fund-raiser last May on a variety of topics.

Secretly taped comments put Romney back on defense

One comment generating response: that had his father been "born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot of winning this," Romney joked. "I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino." FULL POST

Romney makes case to Latinos, vows 'reasonable solution' on immigration
Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's national convention on September 17 in Los Angeles
September 19th, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Romney makes case to Latinos, vows 'reasonable solution' on immigration

By Tom Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney told Latino business leaders this week in Los Angeles that he is convinced the "Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans," but added that "my speech today isn't about my political party."

With good reason.

Unable to close ground on President Barack Obama in the polls, the GOP challenger seeks to woo Hispanic American voters but finds himself hindered by the conservative stance he took on immigration policy in order to win the Republican primary campaign.

Now, his opposition to Obama's popular move this summer to halt deportations of some children of illegal immigrants puts Romney at odds with a majority of Latino voters, especially younger ones in the fastest-growing demographic of the U.S. population.

Facing a highly anticipated appearance on Wednesday at the Univision News "Meet the Candidates" forum in Miami, Romney has struggled to explain his stance on the issue because of the difference between what his party base demands and what most Hispanic Americans want to hear.

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