By Luis Sanchez
Drug lords, actors and politicians in Mexico all have some sort of connection when they are brought up: there is always thorough censorship in Mexican media when discussing these issues.
Kate Del Castillo is an exception. She is a soap opera Mexican actress who rose to fame in the early ’90s in Mexico. Del Castillo started off her career in Televisa, the number one television network in Mexico. She, who has pride for her Mexican roots, repeatedly discussed her anger against the Mexican government. In 2012 she stated how she believed more in the El Chapo than in the Mexican government following a lot of corruption scandals dealing with former president Enrique Pena Nieto.
Joaquin Guzman Loera, more commonly known as “El Chapo,” is one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords and was found guilty on 10 counts this past February in the United States Federal Court. Kate Del Castillo, alongside Sean Penn, met with El Chapo in late 2015. This, when it came out in 2016, became an international scandal.
Some said that she did wrong in meeting with El Chapo, and others started calling her names: “criminal,” “drug trafficker” and “liar.” But today I defend her and say, “Good job, Kate Del Castillo.”
Just because you had dinner with a drug lord, does not mean you are part of their criminal acts. Yes, they are to blame for many of their actions that have affected lives of many individuals. They should be in jail and pay for their consequences, but if an individual gets to meet them it shouldn’t be punishable.
I am all about justice, but what happened to Kate Del Castillo is a bit extreme. She was destroyed on Mexican TV and faced some hard commentary in American Hispanic networks, such as Univision and Telemundo. Though it should be noted there were also some individuals who defended her on the networks, most did not. Kate was banned from Mexico for over three years, and it wasn’t until December 2018 when she returned.
Kate Del Castillo met with El Chapo to discuss the rights of a movie production, which he gave her. For me, that’s something healthy and I don’t think is morally wrong. Having dinner with a drug lord shows your power, authenticity and status. I was given the same opportunity and it was nothing wrong. This just shows that other individuals value your work.
Even if it’s coming from a drug lord, it should be fascinating to individuals like Kate because that means you’re doing a good job. Kate Del Castillo was the protagonist of “La Reina Del Sur,” where she played Teresa Mendoza, a drug trafficker.
The opportunity Kate Del Castillo received from El Chapo to get full rights of his biographical series, which was the point of the dinner, was one of a kind. If given the same opportunity as Kate, I would’ve gone and visited El Chapo too. I see it as more of a journalistic standpoint. I would have interviewed him and would’ve likely taken photographs for Instagram.
This just shows the weakness of many individuals in society. The Mexican government received $100 million dollars from El Chapo, which is a crime. Kate was investigated, and it concluded that she didn’t received anything. This here is a meeting with a drug lord, that has nothing to do with your character. It shows strength and power, plus this occasion may never come up again.
I’m curious to know how her dinner went, because it was private and intimate. There was definitely luxury and beauty. Los Mochis, Sinaloa is a beautiful place to visit (and you all should). Though there are always social consequences, my message to Kate is to keeping going forward. This opportunity was one of kind, and girl, I give you props for taking advantage of it. Because I would of done the same, and if given this specific opportunity to meet El Chapo I would have taken it.
Today, I say that anything is possible and that a simple dinner with a drug trafficker is not wrong. Now if you mutually agree to start working for them, then that’s leading to a crime on your behalf. Kate Del Castillo did not start working for El Chapo, they just had a mini event with other individuals. I respect her career, her being a woman and her for having the balls to go see El Chapo. You may agree or disagree with this, but Kate del Castillo is a queen for this. I also want it put it out there, here at Stony Brook University, which is so diverse anything is possible. You never know who else may have had dinner with a drug lord.
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