Thousands of people tuned in to watch President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on television. Some of them decided to show their displeasure at the president in a new way.
One San Diego viewing party, titled “Noche de Chanclazos,” or “evening of slipper-throwing,” decided to stand out from the crowd and make their feelings about the president known while watching the commander-in-chief’s speech.
Instead of not applauding or merely booing him at instances of disagreement, the members were encouraged to throw shoes at the screen if they felt the president “dissed” them or their community.
“Trump is scheduled to address the 115th Congress with the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 30. Join us for a night of chanclazos. Let out your aggression by throwing your chancla at the screen whenever you feel Trump disses you or your community. It will be night of chanclazos, piñata border wall busting, and a good time,” read the Facebook page of the event.
Some Latin homes use chanclas (flip-flops) for discipline. So if someone throws a slipper at someone, it means they are angry or in disagreement.
At the event, organized by the American Friends Service Committee, flip-flops were seen flying in the air as soon as Trump appeared on the screen.
According to the director of the event, Pedro Rios, almost 60 to 70 people came to the event, to express their objections and outrage towards Trump’s immigration policies — but in a comedic way.
“We felt it was an effective event that pokes fun but does not minimize the seriousness of the issues,” he said.
People had a lot to say about this activity on Twitter. Some condemned it as being disrespectful, while others said it was perfectly OK to express rage on such a sensitive issue.
@nbcsandiego I think these people need serious professional help to deal with their unresolved issues regarding @POTUS @RealJamesWoods #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder #StateOfTheUnion #mentalillness pic.twitter.com/nzKiaFnDUP— Marco Gutierrez (@MarcoGutierrez) January 31, 2018
Sad! Imagine if we did this for Obama’s SOTUS! America First! Love it or leave it!— Steve Davis (@oldcdfchief) January 31, 2018
It’s good therapy. This orange idiot POTUS has made life miserable for so many this past year, it’s helpful to express one’s anger and frustration in a harmless fun way. Kudos!!— Nancy O'Leary (@floweroleary) January 31, 2018
God bless America for people like this https://t.co/flecefktt5— Edwin V (@edvalder7) January 31, 2018
Inspirational. ??— ?? Disloyal Subject of Mad King Trump (@SirGregorResist) February 1, 2018
Love it, go for it chancla throwers! A waste of th prez offc as he alienates th world & half th US, what an embarrassment, true or not what he spews. Btw, Im white, not latino, & this prez is THE worst ever. No confío en nada que hace este desastre de doble cara. ?????— canweflythere (@canweflythere) February 1, 2018
"Stay classy San Diego."— D:Tables (@DTables619) January 31, 2018
This was appropriate.— canned (@78seaz) January 31, 2018
This warmed my cold, dead heart.— Malibu Stacy, MPH (@sonadorabella) January 31, 2018
Therapeutic, nobody got hurt here, however the immigration plan really will hurt too many families.— Miriam Aguilar Escob (@AguilarEscob) January 31, 2018
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