MEXICO’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2018: MEMES AND ODDITIES – PANsplaining

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Mexico’s presidential election is coming up on July 1, with four candidates battling it out to succeed Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for a six-year term starting December.

Third time candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has a commanding lead in most polls and barring a catastrophe — including electoral fraud — looks a virtual shoo-in for the top job.

The closest challenger to AMLO with just over a month to polling day is the youngest candidate in the field, 39-year-old former National Action Party (PAN) president Ricardo Anaya.

Anaya is leading a right-left coalition led by the aforesaid conservative PAN, which counts many of the nation’s wealthy among its supporters.

I’ll write a more detailed look at the election and the presidential aspirants soon but as its title suggests, this post looks at on one of the many weird and wonderful memes, oddities, truths, half-truths and blatant falsehoods floating around in cyberspace in the lead-up to election day.

The definition of the made-up word below — an obvious play on the portmanteau mansplaining — has a go at characterizing the world view of a typical PAN supporter.

In English, it says:

PANspaining

When your boyfriend — the one whose

parents paid for him to attend the most expensive schools,

gave him his first car,

 got his first job through his dad’s contacts,

and started a business with money his family gave him —

explains to you that people are poor

because they don’t want to achieve things

through their own efforts.

 

pansplaining

Fair characterization or libel?

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