*In the U.S. and Mexico, May 5th is celebrated each year to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory in 1862 over French forces that supported the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Over the years, however, it’s become an excuse for non-Mexicans to dress up in colorful ponchos and sombreros — and get drunk.
Anchors from two separate TV news outlets had to apologize this week for taking their commemoration into caricature territory during segments marking the holiday.
ABC’s Lara Spencer is apologizing for referring to Cinco de Mayo as “Cinco de Drinko” on a “Good Morning America.” The anchor wore, then twirled a sombrero and mentioned that the holiday was the biggest day of the year for margarita sales. She held what appeared to be a margarita. [Scroll down to watch.]
She tweeted a day later that she got a little carried away and was sorry for the segment.
MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” show similarly apologized this week for showing a staff member shaking maracas as he danced around a sombrero at his news desk, while another took a swig from what was said to be a tequila bottle. [Scroll down to watch.]
The network said Tuesday the interlude featuring correspondent Louis Burgdorf and host Thomas Roberts wasn’t intended to be disrespectful. The show apologized online and express its regret Wednesday on the air.
Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, says it was abominable that the segment was done by a news organization. He says it feeds “the ignorant misconceptions of a rich and proud people who unfortunately are too often portrayed as caricatures to be scoffed at.”
Watch both segments below: