Yesterday morning, an interview with Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and John McCain endorser, Daddy Yankee, aired on Univision’s Al Punto with Jorge Ramos.
For a while Jorge Ramos danced around the issue of Daddy Yankee’s political endorsement, instead talking about his movie/cd Talento del Barrio, that has the novel story line of a young Rican making it out of the caserios via his music.
When Jorge Ramos finally asks about the endorsement, Daddy Yankee said it was based on McCain’s position on immigration. Someone please get Daddy Yankee a clue.
Apparently Daddy Yankee wasn’t informed of McCain’s decision to abandon his own immigration reform plan, or the fact that when called to task by a coalition of pro-migrant bloggers, McCain’s campaign couldn’t be bothered to explain his immigration policy in detail, whereas Obama’s campaign did.
Daddy Yankee said in the interview, that when he met McCain about two years ago, el Cangri, was moved by McCain’s saying that in war he had met many Latinos who were dying for the U.S. and that moved Daddy Yankee. It seems though that Daddy Yankee wants it both ways though, because he said he was against the war in Iraq and current Bush policy.
Instead of tackling the issue with fervor, Ramos throws Daddy Yankee a softball when it comes to the issue of Puerto Rico and status. Instead of asking for example, what role does a Puerto Rican, who is a U.S. citizen by birth but cannot vote for the president, have when he endorses a nominee? Ramos asked if Daddy Yankee felt first that he was Puerto Rican or a U.S. citizen. Daddy Yankee answered positively that Puerto Rico was his country, except, according to the U.S. it isn’t a country.
The interview left me confused as to Daddy Yankee’s motivations behind his endorsement of McCain. Hmm but thinking back on all that bling Daddy Yankee was sporting, diamonds hanging off his arms, neck, and ears while talking about the poverty and lack of options in the caserios of Puerto Rico, maybe it’s clearer than I thought.