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The Chant | An Open Letter to La Porra de Mexico

The Chant | An Open Letter to La Porra de Mexico

July 12, 2019 18 Comments

Austin, TX 78701

Friday July 11, 2019

Re: An Open Letter To Our Members and Supporters | The PVA Section is a NO “PU&$ CHANT” ZONE

Dear Members,

What an amazing summer! The Army attended eight games in less than 45 days and capped it all off with the Gold Cup final win in Chicago over our arch rival. We sang, we cheered, we partied hard for the entire Gold Cup and our reward was watching our Selección lift the cup for the 8th time in its history.

However, I am a firm believer that no organization can simply sit back on its success; personal growth does not come to those that simply laud their accomplishments without trying to improve themselves and their community.

One area where I think we can improve upon is the infamous PU%* Chant. For me and many others, it is no longer relevant to debate what the word means or doesn’t mean. Its simply a matter of respect and common courtesy. We should do our best to be good guests at all the stadiums that welcome us. As you know, there are many other rules that PVA  already follows. For example, we do not use smoke in the section without approval, we do not bring poles into the stadium, we do not activate incendiary devices, we do not throw items at security or players on the field. We follow all these rules to build trust with the team so that we can continue to have our section be a lively, music filled, supporter group section. So I ask you, what is one more rule?

Moving forward, we will adopt a  “No Pu%^ Chant” clause into our membership rules and code of conduct. While our code generally covers the chant we will specifically list it as unacceptable conduct. The same clause will be inserted into our ticket purchases pages. We already informed all PVA ticket purchasers that our section is a standing, cheering, and singing section. The same page will now inform potential PVA ticket purchasers that our section is a NO PU&% CHANT section too. For those of you that have already purchased a ticket for Mexico v. Argentina in San Antonio with PVA and disagree with our position or cannot abide by our request please email us for a full refund.

We understand that some of you will disagree with our position. But for Pancho Villa’s Army, growth isn’t just about more people, its about the right people. Its about people joining who wish to create an environment that feels welcoming to our LGBTQ Mexico fans. As an organization that has LGBTQ leaders and members we take this charge very seriously. 

So if you are a supporter of our position, if you go to Mexico games, if you want to help us make a difference in changing the chant to something new please join us in the stands. Sit in our section, help us do the right thing by working with us to end the chant. We can’t do this alone. We need you in the stands with us. We need you talking to your friends and family one on one. We might not be able to change the entire stadium tomorrow but we can change ourselves.

On a personal note, many of you have seen me attend Mexico games this summer with my 6 year old son. My son is a HUGE Mexico fan! He bleeds green, white, and red. In Dallas, after an Ecuador goal kick, my son pulled me down to his level and asked me “What does putisimo mean?” Hearing his little voice say that word shook me. It shook me to the core. I was immediately stunned and repulsed. I want to continue to enjoy the games with my son, and in the near future my current 9 month old too. I would love to enjoy the game without having to explain the meaning of that word to them. I am not saying that stadiums are churches, but they aren’t night clubs either. We are Mexico fans! We are beloved everywhere we go! Any tournament, any event, el espíritu Mexicano siempre gana el corazón al mundo entero. We are more creative than this chant. We are better than this chant.

Sincerely yours,

 

Sergio


18 Responses

Juan
Juan

July 18, 2019

Y’all calm the fuck down with the little kid if you don’t want your kid around that type of stuff stay at home PUUUTTOOOOOO PUTTTOOOOOOO PUUUUTTTOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Deporte Caliente Phoenix
Deporte Caliente Phoenix

July 14, 2019

Muchas Felicidades a tod@s por hacer de este bello deporte que es el futbol mas maravilloso y tambien por colaborar con hacer de este mundo aun mas mejor por lo menos en un juego de Soccer!!!!

""DÍGALO QUE YO LO DIJE Y SI NO QUEJENSE A LA FIFA""

Sinceramente Su Amigo de Siempre

Salvatore Arizona
Owner Ceo
DeporteCaliente Phoenix

Pancho
Pancho

July 13, 2019

Eeeeeeeée PUUUUUUUUUTOS

jesus macias
jesus macias

July 12, 2019

How can you go wrong with that?

Roberto Morales
Roberto Morales

July 12, 2019

Me uno! Fuerza mi gente.

German Macias
German Macias

July 12, 2019

Tienes todo mi apoyo Sergio. 👏🏽 Always behind you.

Edgar
Edgar

July 12, 2019

I meant Sergio I did not scroll up far enough 😅 My bad. Viva Mexico!

Gary Johnston McBain
Gary Johnston McBain

July 12, 2019

Thank you for your written stance on this issue. I’m embarrassed to hear this anti-gay chant when watching el Tri. This word is hateful and painful for many. For someone that doesn’t think so, take the word “boy.” Go call an African American man “boy.” You’re likely going to get punched in the face—and deserve it. So, no more BS about albur and secondary meanings.

La Gran señora de Michoacan
La Gran señora de Michoacan

July 12, 2019

Yo no sabia las reglas para quienes estén en la PVA sección están muy bien !!alguien tiene que poner el ejemplo y que mejor que nosotros Arriba PVA !!!!

Jose
Jose

July 12, 2019

I understand your position Sergio, but respectfully disagree. To be fair, I do not take issue with your stance as much as I do with FIFA’s depiction of this chant. We both know that in our culture this has nothing to do with anti-gay. This is more of an “albur”, and though vulgar, it is not meant as anti-gay anything. My biggest issue with this is that as an LGBTQ supporter, I think this detracts from the real issues faced by the LGBTQ community in the world, including our sport. It is simply a way for FIFA to say they have done something to combat discrimination when in reality this chant has nothing to do with discrimination. If this chant should be banned for being vulgar and wanting to create a more family friendly environment I understand. However, call it what it is. Otherwise, this is taking away from the real discrimination issues.

Rafael Diaz
Rafael Diaz

July 12, 2019

Unidos podemos hacer el cambio respetando a los que están con nosotros y poner un ejemplo ala nueva generación como yo con mis hijos y nietos q siempre grito para opacar q no escuchen esa palabra y lo hago con fervor y grito ( CHAPULIN COLORADO )y ya no más digo ey no contaban con mi astucia .
Ell personaje es el héroe y hacía más problemas y al final no resolvía nada
Me entiendo ????

Nancy Vizcarra
Nancy Vizcarra

July 12, 2019

EsTATAmos Contigo! 👏🏻 lol. I think that there is no better group to make the change that the Selección has asked the fans to do in several occasions than Pancho Villas Army!! SI SE PUEDE!! I am in!! Anything for Salinas!!…. I mean Mi Seleccion!! 🇲🇽❤️ lol

Silvia
Silvia

July 12, 2019

Sergio im with you! At that same game in Dallas my 8 yr old daughter attended her very first match and asked me that very same question. All i could tell her was its not a very nice word and we dont say that ok. So yes we are with you!

José Navarro salas
José Navarro salas

July 12, 2019

Estoy contigo, muy buenas palabras.

José Navarro salas
José Navarro salas

July 12, 2019

What a words Sergio, yes for a clean suporte, I’m with you.

Jose Alvarado
Jose Alvarado

July 12, 2019

Listo de apoyar! Si se puede!

Alfonso Solorzano
Alfonso Solorzano

July 12, 2019

Unidos somos más fuerte! Estoy a tú lado.

Ivan Toribio
Ivan Toribio

July 12, 2019

Mas unidos que nunca … Si Se Puede !

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