Son of a Trump: Mexican comedians hit back in insult-laden show

Mon Oct 5, 2015 2:39pm EDT
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By David Alire Garcia

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Decked out in dark suits and outlandish blond wigs, a clutch of Mexico's most popular comedians lambasts Donald Trump as a dangerous buffoon in a new play that hits back over his anti-Mexican comments on the U.S. election campaign trail.

When he entered the presidential race in June, Trump thundered against Mexico and its undocumented migrants in the United States, dismissing them as rapists and drug runners.

Since then, the controversial billionaire and front-runner for the Republican nomination has advocated deporting millions and even criticized rival Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish in public.

Trump's comments helped propel him to the front of the Republican field but have caused offense south of the border, where about a third of all Mexicans have relatives living in the United States.

The new show, "Sons of Trump," kicks off with a massive image of his grinning face projected onto a $100 bill before a voice in a heavy American accent bellows: "Welcome, frijoleros!" an anti-Mexican slur meaning "beaners", or "bean lovers."

In a series of sketches over the next 80 minutes, the play turns the tables on the 69-year-old Trump, portraying him as a caricature of the Ugly American who early on sums up his philosophy as: "You have to steal, kill, blame others."

Audience members roared their approval at the slapstick put-downs of Trump during Friday night's premiere in Mexico City.

"As we say here, if you dish it out, you've got to be able to take it," comic Freddy Ortega, one of the stars of the show, told Reuters.   Continued...

Mexican comics, one of them dressed as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (front C), poke fun at the candidate during the show entitled "Sons of Trump" at the Aldana theater in Mexico City, Mexico October 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Henry Romero