John Leguizamo is not Puerto Rican! WEPA!!!

11 Jun

When I first heard about Mr. Leguizamo not being Puerto Rican,
my first thought was – WEPA!!!

WEPA!, for us Puerto Ricans is a trigger word used to express emotion,
both good and bad. “Tito, just got his GED – WEPA!” or your dad
let’s out a nice, long fart and you go – WEPA!!!
You get the point.

In this instance, WEPA was used by me as to express surprise!

Like I can of knew it, John not being Puerto Rican, but to me it was about his
body of work, his passion for the art, his love of Being Latino!
John has represented Latinos, better than any artist I know.
The fact that he may have intentionally or unintentionally forgotten his roots,
is irrelevant.   He certainly didn’t do anything to hurt Puerto Ricans, did he?

John Leguizamo is a human being sharing his soul with the world!
“Ghetto Klown” “Freak”  “Mambo Mouth” –
Should I continue?

As Latinos, we get caught up in this self-pride as to who’s race is better.
On my new Comedy CD-  “Mike Robles – Live From New York City -WEPA!!!”  (shameless plug, I know) I have a track called “Don’t Confuse The Races”, where I address this issue.

Perhaps, this incident will raise awareness to the fact that inter-racial racism is a more serious problem for Latinos,
than we like to admit.

For more information on the talented John Leguizamo check out



5 Responses to “John Leguizamo is not Puerto Rican! WEPA!!!”

  1. Julito Varela June 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    I am so with you on this one, brother.

  2. Senora Johnson June 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    John Leguizamo has made amazing strides in his career, and has taken many a hits for being Latino. Fortunately for us, he wears his scars well…

    • mikerobles June 25, 2011 at 2:47 am #

      Yes indeed, Senora Johnson!

      You have to have thick skin to make it in show business, and Mr. Leguizamo has proven that!

  3. Margaret Rivera August 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    More power to John, smart individual, he realized that this was his way of making it. At his early start the puerto ricans were the major hispanic influence, so he used that to get ahead. Nothing wrong with that. He is a super intelligent guy. From one puerto rican to any other, I know you must used whatever to reach that star.

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