Tuesday, February 20, 2007

theme parks

Mexico has a new tourist attraction. Visitors can pay to pretend that they are Mexican migrants trying to illegally cross the border into the United States. Fake border patrol guards patrol a fake border and shoot fake bullets at you as you try to escape your fake economic oppression for a "better life" in the US, which, as it turns out, is pretty much a sham too.

I can understand, at least objectively, the ethos of "anything to make a buck", especially in an impoverished country. But what kind of people are sick enough to "play" this "game"? Are they really sympathetic souls who want to experience the suffering of the pauvre Mexican migrant? Bullshit. It's totally Texan frat boys, drunk, mocking and belligerent. At $15 USD, not too many Mexicans are using this service as a practice run for the real thing. Hideous..

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