Politicians and celebrities talk a good game. In many respects, they are both playing the same game.
They sell wars, taxes, bad health insurance, barbecue grills, flavored water, funeral plans, uncontested divorces, just about everything imaginable.
I still remember Erik Estrada selling swamp land in Florida and California. I was horrified and amused, all at once.
Erik Estrada, of course, isn’t the only one.
Marc Anthony sells clothing through Kohl’s. He also sells vending machines and real estate through the Richport Group.
Marc Anthony clothing line
Marc Anthony real estate site in Soho, NYC
Benicio Del Toro sells Magnum Ice Cream Bars:
Jennifer Lopez sells cosmetics:
She sells clothing: http://veenexuds.atspace.cc/p-844782.html
She sells fragrances: http://www.fragrancex.com/products/_bid_jennifer–lopez-am-lid_j__brands.html
She sells books:
She sells hair products:
She sells Jennifer Lopez Barbie dolls:
Ricky Martin sells Pepsi Cola and Nescafe:
This corporate selling is in addition to their movies, records, Broadway shows, concert tours, and reality TV series…in both English and Spanish-language media.
This article is not hating on them, or begrudging their success. For some people, there actually is an American Dream. That is a great and inspiring thing to see!
But in addition to living this dream, an occasional brush with waking reality is both necessary and healthy.
PUERTO RICO IS IN GREAT TROUBLE
Puerto Rico is about to be gentrified out of existence.
A Financial Control Board is preparing to run the island from Washington DC, on behalf of well-connected hedge funds.
These hedge funds will soon run (and essentially own) the island’s school system, highways, bridges, electrical grid, water supply, and coastal seaports.
The island will run out of money within one month…in December 2015.
In addition, Puerto Rico owes nearly $73 billion, over $1.2 billion of which comes due within a few weeks: in December 2015 and January 2016.
Widespread government layoffs are about to begin. Pensions will be cut.
Over a million Puerto Ricans have fled the island over the past 15 years.
A million more Puerto Ricans will leave Puerto Rico, if something is not done soon.
The two major political parties – PPD and PNP – are part of the problem. They provide NO leadership or positive solutions for this crisis, since they created it.
THE “LEADING SIX TRAILBLAZERS”
The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s had a “Leading Six Trailblazers,” who had an enormous impact on the entire movement.
The six trailblazers were Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Dick Gregory, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Sidney Poitier.
They marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., the ministers of the SCLC, and the Pullman Porters.
They leveraged their media access into a worldwide awareness of segregation and the Jim Crow laws.
They focused immediate and urgent attention on the deep South – before more lives were lost, and more tragedies occurred.
And none of their careers suffered for it. In fact, quite the opposite.
Today, our Puerto Rican celebrities must step up…and show the same leadership as the “Leading Six Trailblazers” during the civil rights movement.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON and MARCH ON JACKSONVILLE
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars, Jimmy Smitts, Rosie Perez, Luís Guzmán, Esai Morales, Lin-Manuel Miranda…
The list is long and impressive.
All of them could call for a March on Jacksonville, Fla. to end the Jones Act, and a March on Washington to end the financial abuse of Puerto Rico.
They can keep selling all they want.
They can keep being celebrities, with no reduction in status or marketability.
In fact, their status will rise…when the whole world sees their integrity, and their character, defending the land of their forefathers…the land that they came from.
There is no shame in defending Puerto Rico.
It is time for our celebrities to do it.