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. 

Reza added that Fernandez is essentially supporting an anti-immigrant law by performing in Arizona. However Fernandez's management said in an e-mail to New Times that the singer does oppose SB 1070, and was asked to perform in the state.

"Our office received many requests for Mr. Fernandez to not abandon the people of Arizona and to perform this year," the statement says.

Fernandez's management also pointed out that they didn't know at the time of the negotiations of the contract that Hensley & Co. is a Budweiser distributor.

"The negotiations began long before the SB 1070 issue and it is highly unlikely that at the time of negotiation that there was any familiarity or knowledge as to the ownership of Budweiser distributors."

But  Puente spokeswoman Sandra Castro isn't buying the management's reasoning. If Fernandez really wanted to help the community he would do it in a different way, she says, and avoid doing business with Budweiser.

"The problem is that [Fernandez] is doing business with companies that are hurting the [Latino] community," she explained.


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Kimdi7219
Kimdi7219

Who are you to tell this man he is not welcome in AZ? The man is a legendary icon and many hold him near and dear to our hearts. And his presence in our state performing is a moment were we can all get together and celebrate his music and celebrate each other as a strong Hispanic community. I cannot wait to see him perform this month!!!

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Illegal aliens should be allowed to apply for work permits but only while they are in Mexico.     

penelope
penelope

Last time I checked, anti-immigrant wasn't the same thing as anti-illegal immigrant.  Also, being against illegal immigration into Arizona isn't the same thing as being a racist who hates Mexicans.  Just FYI. 

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Illegal aliens should be allowed to apply for work permits but only while they are in Mexico.     

Eh810
Eh810

I love his music and would go listed to regardless of the SB1070

Vicente Fernandez Tickets
Vicente Fernandez Tickets

Vicente is not only a good  but a great person and its just a rumour that he only perform or loved the Mexican people.

Bobby
Bobby

Unless this post is some kind of joke, all I have to say is, HELLO, HELLO, CHAD SNOW, JASON, TOMMY COLLINS, MISTALEE, TINA, MIKEFROMBISBEE, AND ALL THE REST, INCLUDING THE OFFICAL MORONS LIKE RANDY PARRAZ, ETC.

PLEAE READ THIS POST OF MENIA MONTANA'S. SHE'D LIKE TO EDUCATE YOU ON THE PROPER WAY A U.S. CITIZEN SHOULD THINK. HELLO!! ANYONE THERE?

menia montana
menia montana

my name is menia montana born in south bend indiana to mexican parents from mexico and i am angry that vicente fernandez betrayed his own race like he did but there is a god and my people will overcome this obsticle and will be able to come and go as they please i am 100%behind them they are my people and i love each and every one of them . we will never stip crossing over to what already belonged to mexico.que viva mexico y que viva mi raza......

guest
guest

This article is not particularly negative or dumb, and a look at the byline helps explain why.Considering it's location, it's one of the more straight forward "just the facts" type reporting that has ever appeared here. I assume that Uriel will be properly punished and confined to a reeducation camp in short order.

I agree with maribel about the negative and dumb part, but it's not the writer who is negative and dumb, it's the people protesting who are.

Maribel
Maribel

Vicente is loved by many people everywhere their is no reason for this negative dumb person to write something like this. artist need to make a living too. and I do believe he was asked by the people of az to perform.

Jason
Jason

What this guy stands for and what businesses he contracts with should not preclude him from fulfilling a contractual obligation. Obviously the US Airways Center paid a lot of money for him to perform his music here. He merely upheld his end of the deal.

As for 1070, Jan and Tom can waste their time and my tax dollars appealing it to the U.S. Supreme Court. It more than likely will be deemed void in the end. I think there is a 1915 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a statute like this already.

 

Bobby
Bobby

Hmm, an actual reasonable person posting here? Of course I agree.

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