Someone asked me what the Mexican military did on el Seis de Mayo–drink tequila? With a bit of sarcasm, I responded, “I don’t know, maybe they took the POWs to Guantanamo and tequila-boarded them?” Obviously, that was a dig at our own country who is into that sort of stuff.
Actually, it looks like El Seis will become a day for apologies. MSNBC will apologize for an “ill-advised” sombrero and tequila celebration they had the other morning.
“On Monday, Cinco De Mayo, ‘Way Too Early’ made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate the holiday. It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” a statement posted to the show’s website said. Spokesperson Lauren Skowronski said there will also be an on-air apology on Wednesday.
Alex Korson, the executive producer for “Morning Joe” and “Way Too Early,” also called NAHJ president Hugo Balta on Monday to apologize for the segment, according to Balta.
“He apologized for the segment (and) assured me that while the props were planned; the anchors took it upon themselves to put them on and act in the manner they did,” Balta wrote. “He expressed his remorse at how the producers allowed the segment and behavior to continue.”
Balta said Korson told him those involved in the segment would be disciplined.
If it isn’t discipline by tequilaboarding, then, I really don’t feel like accepting the apology.
Lara Spencer of Good Morning America was also called out by the blogosphere. Apparently, even Chicano newsguy John Quiñones was in the mix. But Spencer did offer somewhat of an apology.
Got carried w excitement over Cinco de Mayo celebration on GMA-sorry and thankful to @johnqabc@prrosado@julito77-u make great points.
— Lara Spencer (@LaraSpencer) May 6, 2014
Seriously, though, these people don’t need discipline, they need an education!
I can’t wait to see what happens on Diez y Seis, 2014. Please…no grito contests. That’s not what the grito is about. #readahistorybook