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The Rangers scored 11 runs against us yesterday. What were the most runs we gave up in a game last season?

It looks like Houston Metro is finally going to allow advertising on their buses and trains. I guess that is Ok. I am sure there will be some stuff that won’t be allowed to advertise. Stay tuned on this.

Growing up in our culture, we used to hear about La Llorona. Our house in Baytown was next to Goose Creek. Our version of La Llorona was a woman who lost her child would walk up and down the creek wailing late at night about her lost child. A movie has been released called “The Curse of La Llorona” and at a showing the PR folks thought it would be a good idea to invite some curanderos. Check this from AP:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A promotion around the movie “The Curse of La Llorona” using traditional Mexican healers for “spiritual cleansings” before screenings of the horror film is drawing strong criticism from healers and scholars who say the stunts are offensive and demeaning.

Leading up to the Friday release of the movie based on a Mexican folktale, Warner Bros. invited healers known as curanderos to give audiences cleanings called “limpias.” The studio also dispatched Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based healer Salvador Gata to “bless” an audience before the March 15 premiere at SXSW at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.

In addition, photos posted on social media show images of supposed healers providing ceremonial cleansings in front of posters of “The Curse of La Llorona,” then celebrating as if attending a party.

“I’m working on the movie La Llorona and am looking for a curandero to do limpias before my movie screenings,” publicist Nahir Wold wrote San Diego-based curandera Grace Sesma in an email. “Let me know if this is something you would be interested in doing!”

Sesma said she ignored the invite until she started seeing photos of purported limpias at screenings online. That angered her and she posted the email on her Facebook page.

“I found it quite shameful,” Sesma said. “It heightens the fear factor around a traditional practice and commodifies and exploits our culture just to get people to see their movie.”
But Miguel Franco, a curandero based in Los Angeles, said Warner Bros. wasn’t looking for stereotypes when the studio invited him several times at various events for the movie.

“Working at press junkets, offering my services to people from all walks of life, including several well-known people, influencers, and media has allowed me to share my gift with people who normally would not have sought me out,” Franco said. He called the experience “overwhelmingly positive.”

Wold did not immediately return emails and phone messages left by The Associated Press.

Tonita Gonzales, an internationally known curandera based in Albuquerque, called the promotion an “outrage and an appropriation” of Mexican American culture.

“The limpia is a cleansing that helps people see the holy that’s within them,” Gonzales said. “To us this to promote a movie, especially during (Easter Weekend), is disturbing.”

The production hired curanderos as consultants to make sure the curandero in the film was portrayed accurately and with sensitivity, Warner Bros. officials said. The studio declined further comment.

Here is the entire article: https://apnews.com/27b7997d7b0e4baabe4f024c93da8f32?utm_medium=APWestRegion&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter.

Commentary has not seen the flick and maybe you have or I should. Rotten Tomatoes only gives it a 35% so that says something.

Let me make a confession. In my youth, Commentary has had to use curanderas to help me out a couple of times when conventional medical services could not. Worked both times.

Last July, the Angels scored 14 runs against us in a game of course.

Marwin and the Twins visit The Yard for three starting this evening.

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