Vicente Fernandez Protested at Phoenix Concert by Puente
Vicente Fernandez, a Mexican ranchero singer, angered some in Arizona's Latino community when he decided to not only perform in an anti-immigrant state, but also because he is being sponsored by Budweiser.
Scores of people showed up at US Airways Center Friday evening to show their disdain for the beloved Mexican icon while he performed inside. Demonstrators called Fernandez "vendido," Spanish for "sell-out," and carried signs with the ranchero's image reading "vende pueblo," indicating that he's betrayed the Latino community.
Their anger stems from Fernandez ignoring a national boycott of Arizona over the passage of Senate Bill 1070, as well as Fernandez's financial connection to the King of Beers.
Fernandez recently signed a 3-year contract with Budweiser, which is distributed by Hensley & Co., owned by Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, a SB 1070 supporter.
Sal Reza, leader of the human rights group Puente, which organized the protest, maintained that the boycott is still in place until Arizona's immigration law is revoked completely.