(PNS reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C.) A close look at a recent C-SPAN video reveals that Florida Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, Jr. picked his ear wax and ate it on live TV, a Cuban folkloric ritual rarely seen outside Miami’s Cuban-American community.
“La Ceremonia de la Cera del Oído can be traced to a curandero who lived in Guantanamera, Cuba around 1750 or so,” University of Miami Professor of Anthropology Freso “Biff” del Blanco told PNS.
“By eating the ear wax in public, the eater hopes to symbolically ingest and consume all that he is hearing through his ears, to better understand the cacophony of voices in his head.”
“While this tradition has largely faded with newer generations of Cubans,” Guero said, “García is a noted traditionalist, and his nationally-televised consumption of ear wax was meant to be a celebration of Cuban culture.”
A representative of Q-tips® cotton swab company was not as understanding in her reaction.
“I thought these Congress critters were supposed to exemplify good manners,” she wrote in an email to PNS. “Every woman in Washington since Monica Lewinsky knows it’s not ear wax that is destined for oral ingestion! Blue denim skirt, gurlz, blue denim skirt!”
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