Australian television’s Big Brother show claimed its Friday Night Live episode was “designed as a tribute to Mexico and its vibrant cultural heritage.” But its treatment of Mexican culture was enough to have Mexico’s Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (Secretary of Foreign Relations) firing off a protest letter to the program and the Australian government. The Australian clowns who threw garbage-filled balloons at the Mexican flag not only were confused about the order in which the colors of the flag were supposed to appear, but also seemed to think that this country’s cuisine is chili con carne, served up in a cactus-dotted landscape.
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What do you expect from a country which claims toe jam as its national food? If the Aussies intended this as a tribute, just how far do they go when they’re out to offend?