*Note: Sorry today’s post is a bit negative (rant warning!)! If you’re in the mood for a laugh today, check out the following:
I wasn’t planning on blogging about this, but as the story keeps getting bigger I’m having a hard time keeping my thoughts under my hat. Go ahead and read this article before continuing:
Done? Good. The author of this article, Ms. Malkin, seems to have lost herself in her own ideas. Just by reading the article, the sensationalism appears obvious to me, and I’m not sure why it’s not obvious to others. (Take into account that this is just one article of many similar ones on the same story.) Here are the reasons I am pissed off:
First, do none of these reporters realize that the guy was wasted? Or do they just not want to say it out loud? They mention that he had been out that night, that he was caught on surveillance tape stumbling out of his room, and that he decided it would be a great idea to forego his hotel room and instead spend the night on a lounger by the pool. An obviously drunk spring breaker ends up with head injuries, and all of a sudden Cancun is a horrific and dangerous place to vacation? Excuse me, but I believe this happens to drunk people in every city every weekend, and it never makes it past the local news. The family is screaming “random violence”, but I’d bet my money that he mouthed off somebody, or simply had a nasty fall.
Second, I also fail to see why Cancun is the bad guy when it was *probably* a fellow American (assuming that it was an act of violence). Every hotel in Cancun’s Hotel Zone is extremely strict about letting in people who aren’t guests (believe me, I’ve tried). Most guests are Americans, especially during Spring Break. I’m not saying there’s no possibility a Mexican could have done this to Zeke, but it seems improbable, and we certainly shouldn’t jump to conclusions that damage reputations.
Third, and as one commenter whose husband works at the airport pointed out, why is Zeke’s aunt crying “corruption” when they were the ones who pushed money onto the authorities to evacuate their son more quickly? Nobody asked them for money, and Zeke would have been able to leave quickly even without a bribe. (If I made what they’re making, I would have taken free money, too.)
Fourth, the aunt criticizes the airport for an armed search of the plane before it took off, possibly wasting precious time. Did the reporter fail to investigate that the President had just been in Cancun, and many important authorities were still in the area? Of course there have to be high safety measures. I wouldn’t expect any less.
Sorry for the rant. It’s just very frustrating that incidents of violence happening in two far-off cities affect the reputation of everybody, and that a drunk spring breaker who busts his head open makes everyone think Cancun is dangerous.
Here are my closing statements:
-Don’t get drunk, kids! If you do, for the love of God stay in your hotel room or at Señor Frog’s.
-Every city has bad areas and good areas. Cancun has very few bad areas compared to most cities, and they’re very hard for a tourist to find unless they’re looking for trouble.
-Acts of violence happen in every city. This is hardly anything in comparison to some of the headlines in the States this week (three people shot in a Hollywood restaurant??), so why is innocent Cancun being boycotted?
-I realize Zeke is not to blame here. It’s mostly sensationalist media coverage that gets to me. I hope Zeke makes a speedy recovery and that authorities can get to the bottom of the situation.
Sorry for the negative post (again). Check back on Thursday for a more upbeat post on one of my favorite places: Chabihau, Yucatan!