Friday, March 07, 2008

Lucha Boom Boom

City of Industry, CA

Given the racial tensions between black and Hispanic gangbangers, it's nice to see that some culture lines can still be crossed. Even if it is by donning Lucha Libre masks and knocking over banks with shotguns. Two black men, mid-20's to late 30's and wearing Lucha masks, have been robbing banks in City of Industry and Rowland Heights.

For those of you who don't know, Lucha Libre is a decades old style of Mexican wrestling where the contestants wear masks, give themselves colorful names and beat the holy hell out of each other, often with flying tackles. We're talking pre-Wrestlemania here. You can pertty much blame Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper on a silver masked wrestler named El Santo who wandered into a ring in Mexico City in 1942.

Now, confronted by this cultural phenomenon in a state that is becoming more and more Hispanic every day, the FBI has a lot of options in naming these gentlemen. Did they choose the San Gabriel Valley's moniker of the Lucha Libre Bandits? Did they call them Los Luchadores? Los Máscaras? Or, hell, even Lenny Bruce's "Masked Man"?

No.

They went with the WWF Shotgun Bandits, which, as several people have pointed out, would actually make them the World Wildlife Fund Shotgun Bandits, the old wrestling federation having changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment quite some time ago.

Thank you FBI for making things that much more surreal.

1 comment:

ypsidixit said...

WWF Shotgun Bandits, which, as several people have pointed out, would actually make them the World Wildlife Fund Shotgun Bandits, the old wrestling federation having changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment

I had to laugh. Don't mess with the panda, man!