Ximena Sariñana, Boy George & More React to Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico
Donald Trump was on Mexican soil for a couple of hours Wednesday (Aug. 31) for a brief meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto who invited the Republican presidential nominee to "talk about a bilateral relationship" between neighboring countries.
But the meeting between Peña Nieto and Trump didn't sit well with some people and both men were highly criticized for the meeting they had behind closed doors (although later they did talk in front of cameras about their meeting). The already scandal-plagued Peña Nieto was called out for hosting the GOP nominee, who throughout his political campaign has made offensive comments toward Mexicans, calling them rapists and criminals, has denigrated Mexican-American immigrants and has promised to build a giant wall on the border that Mexico would pay for.
Trump on the other hand, already not very popular within the Mexican community, was pressured by the media to make a public apology to the Mexican people -- something he did not do.
Many artists, including Mexican singer Ximena Sariñana, English artist Boy George, Moby and Mozart in the Jungle's star Gael García Bernal, took to social media to condemn the private meeting between Peña Nieto and Trump.
"It was very uncomfortable to see Enrique Peña Nieto eat up the wall proposed by Donald Trump in his own country in front of his people. Humiliating," Sariñana tweeted.
In a series of tweets, Boy George questioned the closed doors reunion and then said, "Mexico rocks! Period!"
Why is the Mexican president meeting Trump behind closed doors? Let's have it out in the open? What's to hide?— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) August 31, 2016
Mexico rocks! Period! Let's cut the small talk!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) August 31, 2016
In his best attempt at writing in Spanish, Moby wrote on Facebook: "Excuse me because I can't write well in Spanish but, dear Mexican friends, why are you inviting Trump to your country? He has called you guys rapists and criminals. Trump is not a friend of Mexico."
Excuseme, porque no puedo escribir muy bien en espanol... ¿los estimados amigos mexicanos, por qué usted está invitando...Posted by Moby on Wednesday, August 31, 2016
García Bernal, Mexican actor and contributor on Toy Selectah + Instituto Mexicano del Sonito's new album Compass, tweeted: "The list is very long: Corruption, incapacity ... and now this.. This makes Enrique Peña Nieto a traitor."
La lista es gigante: La corrupción, la incapacidad, la falta de conciencia del bien común - y ahora esto - convierte a @epn en un traidor.— Gael Garcia Bernal (@GaelGarciaB) August 31, 2016