Bobby Allyn. Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather for what many are expecting to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the U. The mass demonstrations are expected to be one of the largest protests ever seen in a U.
Puerto Rico Gov. The last straw was the release of hundreds of leaked group text messages between the governor and nine other members of his administration containing crude and offensive jokes, as well as a number of sexist and homophobic statements about women, political opponents, journalists, and even openly gay singer Ricky Martin. Just months later, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, which left Puerto Ricans without power for months and saw thousands of people perish either during or in the aftermath of the storm.
Pure patriarchy. Related: Ricky Martin shares intensely moving photos as he helps rebuild Puerto Rico. A roundup of the leaked texts can be found here.
Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Maria exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges. But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.
Puerto Rico Gov. The Orlando Sentinel reported there are also messages that mock David Begnaud, a CBS News reporter who received widespread praise for his extensive coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico in Begnaud came out publicly as gay in June
Protestors demonstrated this weekend to get the governor of Puerto Rico to resign as his role in a homophobic and sexist online conversation became public. Many of the messages targeted Puerto Rico senator Eduardo Bhatia. Bhatia is married to a woman.
For the average island resident, speaking up about politics has been a good way to be shunned, persecuted in petty ways, or simply ignored. To assume that your leaders hold their constituents in contempt is dispiriting enough. To know that they do—to have documentary evidence right in front of your eyes—is even more painful.
The leaked chat messages, sent via the Telegram messaging app, were sent to two local news outlets by an anonymous person last Thursday. Pure patriarchy. It also comes as Puerto Rico struggles to emerge from a year-long recession, a debt crisis, and a slow-moving recovery after being hit by hurricanes inincluding the devastating Hurricane Maria. He also said he would fire any members of his administration who participated in the group chat, though he has declined to resign, instead asking for forgiveness and vowing to change his attitudes.
In the two weeks in which hundreds of thousands mobilized to oust Puerto Rico Gov. The chats revealed discriminatory attitudes — including homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, xenophobia and fat-shaming — and a callous indifference for the people of Puerto Rico, including the thousands who died after Hurricane Maria. Instead, they said it validated their widespread suspicions of government corruption, especially post-Maria, as well as the anti-LGBTQ attitudes of lawmakers.