‘Hey Vato!’ In the hood, a moment of self-reflection (NSFW video)

by Cloche Cargoa on April 11, 2012 in Cultura, Video


Hey Vato! stars “two puppet cholos who have discussions about everyday “hood” issues and question their ghetto instincts,” director Juan Rodriguez emails. In the first episode, the “struggle within” captures the boys’ attention. Chuy (on the left) is in the jersey and Smiley is wearing the Pendleton. Ralph Waldo Emerson is also involved. (NSFW language.)

{ 9 comments }

Griselda Aguilar April 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

These guys are AWESOME!! I appreciate the reality of intellectual and homie conversations they have…pos si, they’re legit 🙂

Maria Luz April 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Saw this video for the first time. Quite frankly, I recognize all of this, and I thank god I never associated with any of such. I grew up in a neighborhood full of gangs. Yet I chose to never hang out with any of them. All the girls in my neighborhood were “Cholas”.. they all went to public school, they all did drugs, they had “Gang Bangs”, most of them did drugs and are now Rehabilitated. Many if not all, had kids of different nationalities, multiple fathers. I chose to not get involved with this life style. My parents cared for my welfare. Today, I have run into these people from my childhood, the stories I’ve heard from them, make my skin cringe and glad I was never involved with this. I have my parents and god to thank. This gang crap makes US MEXICANS loos like trash. This has to stop!!!… We are better than that. The mentality these young men carry, thinking they have to prove to their “HOMIES” they are “BAD ASS” is really sick.. Drive by shootings to prove they are “THE MAN” is down right disgusting. The only way any Male can prove he is a REAL MAN, is to go to school and get an education, get a job, be honest, and live a clean life. That is a REAL MAN. It sickens me to see that these thugs don’t know the difference between, Their, There, and They’re. No, Know, Now, Hear, Here, and the list goes on. Punctuations, and such. I speak, read and write Spanish as well as English. I do not mix them when I speak or write. Most words here in the West Coast are English words made into Spanish that do not exist in the Spanish dictionary. Mexicans think they can just add the EAR to the end of an English word and all of a sudden it is a Spanish Word. UH UH, no can do!!.. for example the word Park,,, it’s made into Parkear,,, that is not a word, it’s Estacionar… just one of the examples.
Ok, enough said,,, Our Mexican Heritage is going down the Toilet if this continues.
You can pass that on.

ChingaDOH! April 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM

There is so much to dissect and discuss in your comment. I just don’t have the energy to do so, but perhaps someone smarter and more articulate than I, will do so. Cool comment though.

Chuy la Bacca April 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

K lastima, Maria is offended! She doesn’t like Pocho.com’s Spanglish, she can’t laugh at stereotypes and she likes to capitalize Toilet, which she thinks is the La Raza’s Destination if we don’t STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT.

You are at the wrong web site, girl. These pochos have no sacred cows, they love their esperimental vocabulary and they enjoy mocking holier-than-thou hermanas like you.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Watchate! They’ll cut you!!”

Griselda Aguilar April 14, 2012 at 9:43 PM

haha I had written out a long explanation defending this video where I threw around words like “bi-culturalism” and “reclaiming” y no se que tanto mas. Full rebuttal format y todo! But the truth is that I feel we have to be happy with who we each are and enjoy a bit of self deprecating humor…besides, it’s satire–if something is going to be held up in ridicule, there damn well better be someone around to do the ridiculing hahahahahahahhaha Ooh shnap! I just made myself crack up with that one 🙂

Marisol April 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

This has got to be THE funniest things I have seen in a long time. Keep it up and keep ’em coming! Please don’t cut me Chuy! 😛

El pocho loco April 15, 2012 at 7:33 AM

In a sence, pocho can be used as an insult. But it is who alot of use are. If you can’t take a good joke, look else where. This is some funny chit!! I know you lough at Gorge Lopez! And he is just as bad. You have to take the good with the bad and make lemonade. You will find gangs and all that in every culture. Not just Mexicans or Pocho’s! And nothing is wrong with Spanglish.

Rachel Smith April 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Maria,
I read what you had to say but lighten up. Your name is light, life is too short. Humor is good for the soul, soil and sole. Our roots are securely anchored in truth so a laugh at ourselves is just that, a laugh.

Jackie A. April 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I love Hey Vato! IT. IS. HILARIOUS. I understand Maria’s point. However, I think she missed the point! Sarcasm and satire are strong weapons. Hey Vato wields them well in addressing a dismal reality about gangs and Hispanics. Plus, this isn’t puro stereotype. I love it when Smiley and Chuy share their deep thoughts with us! Keep the episodes coming, please!

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