Originally Posted by BDC2823
I understand why they did it how they did it, but I still don't like it. The game is being held in the U.S., so the entire ceremony should be in English. I wouldn't have any qualms if they had a translator there to translate English to Spanish. The head guy says a line or two in English. A translator then states it in Spanish to the audience. That's fine.
If I'm in attendance, I'd be pissed. I don't speak Spanish and it's not my national language so why do I have to listen to the entire first place ceremony in Spanish? I really wouldn't know what they would be saying and that'd piss me off. If the game were in Mexico City and they had the entire ceremony in Spanish, then I'd be completely fine with that seeing that I was in Mexico and Spanish is their national language. But the game was in the U.S. Quite frankly, I'm sick of this mentality of having to cater to others too lazy to learn our language. If you come to or live in the U.S., learn our damn language. If you don't want to, that's fine, but we shouldn't go out of our way to make it easier on them, especially when it starts hindering ourselves. If I move abroad, I fully expect to learn that language.
For what it's worth, I'm half Mexican and my grandparents came over legally and did so while learning English. Unfortunately, my mother who speaks fluent Spanish never taught me the language growing up, so I can understand some of it, but am not proficient in the language.
BDC - we need to be friends.
Completely agree - when I'm down visiting around Argentina and Uruguay, there's no way in HELL I could ever expect anyone to "cater" to me and my native-English tendencies. If I walked into a bank here in Montevideo and demanded to be attended to in English, there may
be one person around who could squeak out the basics, but in all actuality I'd probably laughed at and shuffled out as a public annoyance.
My wife is similar to you, with Mexican grandparents that came over legally (Grandpa ended up flying for the US Air Force for like 30 years and got citizenship), and then raised all their children in English. It's funny when I visit my in-laws because my wife's Dad is 100%, a full blooded Mexican vaquero, but I being a Western European Gringo-Mutt speak more of teh Spanish than he.
I agree that there exists this self-depricating sort of attitude towards the USA, where "cultural awareness and tolerance" chips our own nation further and further down the totem pole in popular culture, resulting in American functions trying to service the smallest of minorities before it ever addresses the general populace. It still gets me whenever I fly through Miami that the signs are all in Spanish first, and then English underneath.