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Here’s a transcript of the heart (from 0:49 to 2:16) of this high level discussion at the National Palace in Mexico City:

President of Mexico [to American Ambassador]: “First of all, and as you may know, we actually have many problems in Mexico. The most important are the economic ones: crisis, inflation, unemployment, social instability, and the violence originated by the organized crime. But I want to inform you that we are working very hard on these subjects. [Getting to the point] If you opened your border to all my fellows countrymen, we can do all kinds of jobs even the black people don’t wanted to do.”

American Ambassador: “Eh … I beg your pardon, Mr. President, I’m not quite sure I understand what you’re saying?”

President of Mexico: “I’ll make it clear for you, Ambassador, my government has a very interesting propulsion …”

Aide: “Proposition”

President: “Proposition to your President.”

Ambassador: “I’m listening, Mr. President.”

President: “That we, the Mexicans, we are waiting to do all the dirty jobs not even the Negros wanted to do. Actually, the Mexicans are better than blacks almost in everything.”

Ambassador: “Yes, well, I will report this news to President Obama and I’m sure he’ll be pleased at your offer.”

President [standing, wrapping up meeting]: Well, Mr. Ambassador, once again, ¡Welcome to Mexico!”

This is the opening scene from La Dictadura Perfecta, or “The Perfect Dictatorship,” a term for the Mexican government coined by Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

Directed by Luis Estrada, La Dictadura Perfecta was the highest grossing Mexican movie of 2014. (I reviewed Estrada’s first political satire, Herod’s Law, in 2003.)

After this scene, the film turns into a multi-Wag the Dog story as the President orders the monopoly television network to redirect attention from his embarrassment to a financial scandal involving a corrupt state governor (Damián Alcázar). In turn, the network executives offer the beleaguered governor their premium image management services.

You can watch the movie (with English subtitles or dubbed into English, your choice) on Netflix.

Here’s the historical inspiration for this scene: Mexican President Vicente Fox speaking in 2005:

 
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  1. This needs a little more context/commentary to hit home.

    Are you suggesting the Mexican elites, like writers, know what the score is? Or are you suggesting the Mexican people liked it for… what reason?

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    I recently saw the movie in Spanish (which is not my first language, so I may have missed some of the subtle details).

    But, after that brief opening scene, the movie is no longer concerned with immigration issues, one way or the other.

    Also: The "Dictatorship" is not the government or the presidency, but rather the TV network itself, which (in the movie, at least) controls everything in the country from behind the scenes. The president goes through the motions of "ordering" the TV network to do this-or-that, but the actual power is flowing in the other direction.
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  2. “Mexicans are better than blacks in almost everything.”

    I agree. I’d rather have Guillermo as president.

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  3. the whole film is available on youtube

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  4. @Chrisnonymous
    This needs a little more context/commentary to hit home.

    Are you suggesting the Mexican elites, like writers, know what the score is? Or are you suggesting the Mexican people liked it for... what reason?

    I recently saw the movie in Spanish (which is not my first language, so I may have missed some of the subtle details).

    But, after that brief opening scene, the movie is no longer concerned with immigration issues, one way or the other.

    Also: The “Dictatorship” is not the government or the presidency, but rather the TV network itself, which (in the movie, at least) controls everything in the country from behind the scenes. The president goes through the motions of “ordering” the TV network to do this-or-that, but the actual power is flowing in the other direction.

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  5. Was curious about the actor playing the US ambassador and found this piece about him:

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1043617566424398184

    Apparently he’s from Ohio but had been playing evil gringo stereotypes on Mexican film and TV for over 30 years when that article was published in 2003.

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  6. What Mexicans usually call black is mayate, not negro. Mayate is a dung beetle. Mexicans love talking bad about black people. It’s quite entertaining actually.

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  7. I haven’t seen many Spanish language movies, but the best Mexican one i’ve seen is “Y tu Mama Tambien.” I learned it’s awesome to be an upper-class White person in Mexico.

    The best Latin American film I’ve seen is “El secreto de sus ojos,” from Argentina. It’s being remade as “Secret in their Eyes,” with Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor from “12 Years a Slave,” and Hank from “Breaking Bad.”

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  8. The incident apparently actually happened. President Vicente Fox of Mexico once announced that Mexicans in America were necessary because they did the jobs that “not even black people” would do. (“que ni los negros lo hacen”)

    Of course, that was before Obama. Fox left office on 1 December 2006, so it wasn’t tweeted either.

    The current president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, is also plenty entertaining. The press is so convinced of his incompetence that he felt the need to post photos of his own socks on social media to prove that he knew how not to put them on backwards.

    Those indoor shots are great; they look just like the actual presidential palace. They open it for tours a few days a year.

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  9. Remember, Mexicans who hate Black people are not racists. As MTV recently taught us, only White people can be racist.

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  10. I did not realize, until just a couple of days ago, that the current president of Mexico and his wife are very good-looking and quite glamorous.

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/mexican-president-enrique-pena-nieto-and-his-wife-angelica-news-photo/480978700

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  11. I would rather have a Mexican future than an American one. Mexico has almost no blacks, does not allow immigration and has a seemingly permanent safety valve (the US) for its poor and unwanted surplus population.

    I know two white Mexicans (both from Guadalajara). Both are among the most anti-black people I have met. One thing that is odd to many foreigners is the extent to which black culture dominates in the US, where blacks are supposedly put-upon victims. They find it odd that white Americans listen to black music over white music and cheer for black athletes over whites.

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