I watched this Off-Broadway play on Netflix last night.
Although overall comical, I didn’t like the”ghetoness” and raunchiness. Not all of us speak or act that way. Or come from an island, or a poor environment. But anyway.
Lohn Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, now online, is not for morons, and it is not just a “history” lesson. It is an homage to heritage, to parenthood, to Leguizamo’s family and specifically to his son.
Two words: Not bad.
At first I thought this might include lots of Mexican and Puerto Rican history, since that’s the majority of Latinos living in the US. But he got to talk a bit about South America and the richest & biggest Empire of all, THE INCAS! (from whom Spain stole all the gold to become who they are).
This play is like a treatise being given by a slightly mad professor.
So when his son experienced bullying in eighth grade, Leguizamo took it as a personal mission. He was going to figure out a way to show his son that his Latin heritage (never mind the Jewish part his wife provided) was something to be proud of.
Hundreds of years ago there were 9 million Incas, 8 million North American Indians, 3 million Caribbean Indians, 6 million Mexican Indians for a total of 26 million people.
After the GREAT EXTERMINATION there were 1.3 million. Period.
Between all the mentioned above, they gave us tomatoes, potatoes, chocolate, avocados, corn, tobacco, cotton, aqueducts and pyramids, and oh yeah, GOLD!
In return the Spanish conquistadors gave them diseases such as smallpox and syphilis.
I don’t know the history of Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico, because I’m South American and we have 12 other countries there, but what he said about the Inca Empire was accurate.
Now, this is not xenophobic speech, just facts! (At least the South America side). And most important, a comedy show.
Leguizamo is one the greatest actors of Hispanic background in the United States, he’s irreverent and super versatile. However, he’s also the most underrated for some reason.
And although he was born in Colombia but raised American, he considers himself Puerto Rican, for some reason too. Regardless of his personal choices and delivery, he’s incredibly talented.
I would never forget him as a drag queen is the 90s film “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.. he was AMAZING.
Again, this play was not bad!