Is David Guetta's "Play Hard" the Best (and Most Racist) Video On YouTube?!

0:02: Mara Salvatrucha? In a David Guetta dance music video? Okay, you have my attention.

0:36: Twerk Team! And poodles!

(0:56: What this video really needs is Ne-Yo eating a shitload of pancakes.)

0:57: ...and there you go!

1:14: Tattoo time!

1:24: Tribal Tron! Puro Escapade 2001 in Dallas, compa!

1:27: Okay, the lady in the gold mask is hella creepy.

1:50: Akon's entourage includes a narco-boss, an old white lady, and a shirtless Rick James impersonator. Best entourage ever!

1:53: Random giant banana. This video has EVERYTHING!

2:17: Mmmmm, paletas! Are those sandia?!


2:41: Are those... pink donkeys in the background? Interesting...

2:50: Pointy boot pyrotechnics. Fuck yea!

2:55: Les Twins! ( )

3:12: Takis!

3:40: Holy crap... I think this kid hurt himself! Por Pendejo!

3:53: Smiling all the way to the bank!

The verdict? Is this the best video on YouTube right now? I'd say "Si!" Is it racist? No mames, guey! its just a YouTube video!

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Whats that girl's name that is in the picture above with the paletas. Referring to the one on the left side that plays Miss Acapulco?


I'll agree; the video has a LOT of WTF-ness all over; it's weird and some parts don't depict Mexicans or Mexican-Americans in a negative light. I'll also admit that I'm slightly relieved it didn't portray Colombians, for instance, because I, too, would be kinda outraged.

HOWEVER (and brace yourself for the long comment), I'll go ahead and propose that the main message of the song IS VERY accurate, and that, when combined w/the background images--i.e., when they're taken as a whole and not out-of-context--the video only reminds everyone that Hispanics--and Mexicans, in particular--not only work hard BUT ALSO play hard. Which is something that many U.S.-born peeps ignore.

Also, although Mexicans and Mexican-Americans are taking issue w/these images (and I don't blame them), the truth is many U.S. natives who watch it won't even know it's about MX, if you think about it, as many of the references could apply to most LatAm cultures. Sure, there's a part where the pageant gals are wearing sashes stating what part of Mexico they're from, but again, let's face it: Most of those who watch this and are not familiar w/those names or the references won't necessarily associate it w/MX. Plus, much of the WTF-ness can be seen in any MX or LatAmerican telenovela anyways :); we see them as endearing/normal, but there are plenty of worse and more offensive parodies out there! (Some have even been made into awful ads for international companies!)

Again, I'm not originally from MX, which makes it so that I'm not as offended by this (as I usually am by the many typically inaccurate depictions of Colombia). But if it helps, try to think of this video not as one that's making fun of MX itself, but rather one that's embracing our "work hard play hard" way of living. And that is def something to "alabar," don't you think?

(Great article overall, btw.)

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@emmanems thanks for the comment. I certainly see your point(s) and agree with them. Apparently, David Guetta himself claims that he meant no harm with the video and his goal was to poke fun at the stereotypes of Mexico and Mexicans. I get that, too... but that's exactly what worries me: These are real people he is poking fun at. They are not made up. Yes, some are actors, but most are real people that they recruited to be in the video.

Anyway, Fox News picked up the story and quoted me here:


@mtorres123 I saw that! CONGRATS! That's actually where I spotted it :)--I think another org. else quoted that Fox article and that popped up on my FB.

Anyways, you're right. It is ridiculing real people/non-actors, and I wish it had been more fun than funny, if that makes sense.. I mean PSY makes fun of his culture on his videos, too, but the stereotypes he calls attention to and the people he highlights are less ridiculous.

You should def promote your view more though, as it represents what I bet many more wish they had an outlet to say.

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