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Rictus Explains: Why Enrique Iglesias has a Caribbean accent on “El baño feat. Bad Bunny”

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Just like his mole, Enrique Iglesias tried to erase all traces of his Spanish accent on “El baño,” his new single featuring trap superstar Bad Bunny. Quique has been kicking it with reggatoneros for years, so the fact the he’s producing even more ever-so-trendy reggaeton is not surprising in the least, but the manner in which he’s altering his enunciation is very, very hilarious.

Listen to Quique do his best imitation of Caribbean Spanish below, but pay close attention to the way he mispronounces “vamos,” among other words:

None of this should surprise you. Last year Quique Churches nabbed the 10th spot on YouTube’s most watched music videos of 2017 wordwide, and he did so with the help of Zion & Lennox, two boricua reggaetoneros.

As described here, Mario Vargas Llosas’s soon-to-be step son used to be dorky rich kid in loose sweaters, but that was back in the ’90s. Then he moved to Miami, started hanging out with Pitbull, Wisin & Yandel, Romeo Santos, among other “urbanos,” and “reinvented” himself as a dorky rich kid with reggaetonero friends. Now he piggybacks off whatever trend is popular in the mainstream, just like most global stars.

This predicament happened BECAUSE JULIO, ENRIQUE’S DAD, NEVER LOVED HIM. Maybe.

Then again, Enrique is not the only person in Latino pop who’s been observed changing is habla. Previously Paulina Rubio suffered heavy ridicule for changing her vocal delivery — from a Mexican to a Spanish accent, coincidentally — and also for her English:

Shakira was also ridiculed for her Spanish accent in 2016, when she was filming the “La bicicleta” music video in her native Colombia. People didn’t take kindly to her enunciation of “vídeo” (Latinos normally say “video,” no accent on the i). But, hey, at least Truthful Hips has been banging Gerard Pique, her hot Spanish baby daddy, so my one-way BFF has a decent excuse. Because if any of us got bagged by Gerard we’d turn into Don Quixote de la Mancha himself.

Which leads to one final question: Quique, you banging some closeted reggaetonero we don’t know about? Dish, gurl.


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María Rubio was so good as Catalina Creel, an iconic telenovela villain, the role ruined her career

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According to sources on Twitter, and also TvNotas, the holy bible of Mexican gossip, María Rubio, the legendary actress best known for her role as Catalina Creel de Larios in Cuna de lobos, has passed away. She was 83 years old.

Thanks to her role as Soraya Montenegro in María la del Barrio, Itati Cantoral has been dominating the internet with an insane amount of memes, gifs, and even a House of Cards promo special. Itati blew up in the mid ’90s, when older millennials were still teens, and she’s that generation’s go-to character when it comes to Mexican telenovela villains.

Yes, Cantoral was great as Soraya, but the top dog in the telenovela villain game was — and has always been — María Rubio. The Tijuana-born actress was so good in Cuna de lobos that, according to an interview she did with Cristina Saralegui, the role ruined her career:

“[Catalina Creel] was a difficult, beloved character. I enjoyed playing her, but she also hurt me a lot. People completely forgot about María Rubio and now it seems that, after 40 years of being an actress, I’ve only done Catalina Creel.”

Catalina, a murderous matriarch, was known for having some of the best one-liners in telenovela history. But in the same interview with Saralegui, which was filmed over 20 years ago, María proved to be just as cunning and smart as her infamous character, but also incredibly funny:

“[Although I played a villain], I’ve received nothing but compliments, love, and admiration. Never aggression. I think viewers do attack the bad ones — bad actresses, that is.”

If you understand Spanish, check out the hilarious interview below. Watch María viciously own everyone in a panel of full of young telenovela villains:

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Traumatic advice from aunt Rosa: “Don’t torture your Care Bear, Mijo. Or else.”

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I was 6 years old when I yelled at Tugs, my Care Bear. I put him in time-out for not agreeing to the rules of an imaginary game I had just created.

I built a little time-out fortress for him to stay in while I played with my other toys. Coincidentally my tía Rosa was visiting that day. I urged her to see all my toys when she came into the house. I also explained to her that Tugs was in time-out, to which she replied in shock, “Mijo, mira, You have to be nice to your toys.”

I replied, “Tía, I am nice to my toys, but I’m teaching him a lesson.”

She contested nervously, “No, Mijo, you have to be nice to your toys or they might not be nice to you.”

I wasn’t following her logic.

Mijo, if you’re not nice to your toys, then at night time they might wake up and crawl into your bed to cut your toes with tiny razors,” she said slowly while staring at my imprisoned Care Bear.

“What?!” I whispered to her while looking at Tugs from the corner of my eye.

“Yes, your toys might do very bad things to you if you don’t treat them good.”

I stared at her in disbelief.

She stood up and walked towards the doorway.

Mijo, I brought you some tortillas. Come in the kitchen and let’s warm them up,” Rosa said casually.

From then on, Tugs sat on a tufted pillow on my dresser while I slept in velcro shoes for the next year. Growing up in my Mexican-American family meant that everything was possibly alive and watching you.


Felix III – Journeys the cosmos via Holy Hands Vol. 2. Rents a one-bedroom on Neptune. IG: @Futurefelix / Twitter: @thefuturefelix


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