Randy Todd, a GOP candidate for one of three seats on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, took to Facebook during Sunday’s Super Bowl to complain about the “Mexican burlesque” halftime show, writing that it should be done “in English next time” or else held in Mexico.
“I just watch (sic) the Super Bowl halftime and I thought I was watching a Mexican burlesque show maybe or do it in English next time or have the Dam (sic) bowl game in Mexico,” he wrote around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Todd, the owner of Todd’s Upholstery on Horner Boulevard in Sanford, was referring to a performance by singers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, neither of whom is from Mexico. Lopez was born in New York to parents from Puerto Rico, and Shakira is a Colombian of Lebanese descent. Some have criticized the performance as “too sexy,” while others have commented positively on the variety of themes touched on in its nearly 15 minute run time.
The post is apparently only visible to Todd’s friends, but The Rant was made aware of its existence, and Todd on Tuesday confirmed he’d written it. He acknowledged learning after his post that neither singer is from Mexico and apologized for identifying them as such.
“I don’t keep up with J-Lo. It was all in Spanish, and I didn’t know the difference,” he said. “It was still burlesque. I’ve seen prostitutes on the street with more clothes on. I probably should have thought a little more about it. Maybe I should have said ‘a Spanish nation.’ But the brain goes to where we’re having the most trouble, and right now that’s Mexico.”
Todd offered an apology and said he was offended that the show amounted to “pornography.”
“If someone took it the wrong way, I’m sorry,” he said. “But I was very upset that I’d just watched pornography. They had a pole on the stage, for God’s sake.”
Todd continued that he’d be glad to receive votes from anyone of Hispanic descent, as long as they were eligible to vote.
“I appreciate people that have moved here legally, and I thank them for contributing to our community,” he said. “I would appreciate the vote of anyone of Spanish descent who are here legally.”
Todd is seeking one of three at large seats on the Board of Commissioners. Republicans Bill Carver and Sandra Jones, as well as Democrats Amy Dalrymple, Mark Lovick and Cameron Sharpe are also in the race.
That same good old boy carp I’ve heard for years. Still left begging for votes. Why not make public? Just proved the POS you actually are.
Should have been crap.
Pornography??? Uhhhh… not getting MY vote, that’s for sure!!
“It was all in Spanish, and I didn’t know the difference…” this is all you need to read to know this guy is ignorant. I bet he’s not nearly as offended by Spanish speaking children taken from their parents and locked in cages as he is by a”Mexican burlesque” performance.
How does he know what a prostitutes wears and where they stand? Sounds like he is quite experienced in that field. I’ve seen more ass and tits just going to the santford Wal-Mart.
Stupid pos….a Spanish nation 😂😂 dudes probably married to his cuzzo
Please provide his email address so we can send him some sources on pornography. 😂
I agree it was inappropriate! I don’t care what culture you are, pole dancing in prime time is outrageous. Lord give us wisdom how to deal with each other and educate each other instead of tearing each other up….even if deserved….anyone with morals should not cheer and defend this debauchery based on cultural heritage pride…..I know perverts cheer it on….and I am sure it entices sex traffickers. Girl power should be way more respectful. The Me Too movement will have to pass on those two as spokespersons……
The sad part is that instead of focusing on reorienting young men on how to treat others, people like you are worried because they’re “setting a bad example” for young women. The purpose of the Me Too Movement is to allow for young women to do whatever they want without getting harassed everywhere they go, not to tell them to hide and not let anyone see who they are. And as for the “debauchery based on cultural heritage pride”, please try and respect the fact that not all cultures are the same, and people from other countries don’t sexualize everything as much as people do here. A 43 and 50 year old aren’t dancing to promote trafficking and harassment, nor to please perverts. And speaking about perverts, it starts at home with what you teach your children. They can see people performing as they did at the half-time show without having a problem. If two celebrities dancing on a televised event for almost 100 Million people poses a threat to your children, maybe you should be rechecking your own morals.
You must be forgetting who your First Lady is 😂😂😂
Most of the dancing (excluding the pole dancing) was a dedication to afro-Caribbeans and Afro-colombians. If anything this demonstrates anti-blackness for catagorizing it as sexual. During colonial times and even after the Independence period, Latin American countries attempted to whiten the population but prohibiting these dances because they claimed to be too sexual or satanic, when in reality it was for them to escape their reality. White men and women judging this half-time is evidence of the fetishization of the Black and Latino body. I’ve seen worst, the cheerleaders for example?