Controversy Sparks Over Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Fred DuVal Dark Skin 'Dos Equis' Photo

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Democrat gubernatorial nominee Fred Duval was named as "the most uninteresting man in the world” by the Arizona Republican Party last month. As a response to that DuVal took to Twitter and posted a photo of himself with darkened skin and a Dos Equis' Latino character “The Most Interesting Man in the World” get-up.

Democrat gubernatorial nominee Fred Duval was named as "the most uninteresting man in the world” by the Arizona Republican Party last month. As a response to that DuVal took to Twitter and posted a photo of himself with darkened skin and a Dos Equis' Latino character “The Most Interesting Man in the World” get-up.

Turns out, it has made DuVal maybe one of the most “interesting” men in the world for now, but for all the wrong reasons.

Some media outlets have described the self-edited image as DuVal’s attempt to look “more Hispanic” while critics such as Yolanda Weinberger, a historian, said to Arizona Daily Independent newspaper , “I don’t care how desperate for media coverage and attention you are; a gubernatorial campaign is no place for a racially motivated minstrel show.”

But there are some politicians who think otherwise. Jose Borrajero, of the Arizona Latino Republican Association said, “As a Latino, I was not offended at all by the allusion to the Dos Equis commercial guy. It was a very stupid prank by someone who wants to be taken seriously as a gubernatorial candidate. But one must admit, it was amusing.”

Whether it was a racist attack or not, the Arizona Republican Party has surely helped Fred DuVal raise nearly 12,000 dollars in website contributions!

No wonder when DuVal posted the tweet he mocked the GOP and said, “Thanks for boosting our fundraising!

DuVal’s response was undoubtedly clever, but then again, when it comes to politics factors such as race and ethnicity always come into account. The Arizona Democrat ought to be careful if he wants to win the gubernatorial elections in 2014.

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