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“We didn’t cross the border. The border crossed us!”

A happy Cinco de Mayo from Coffee is for Closers.

Here is the trailer for Machete, starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, and Robert DeNiro.  With the passage of SB1070, the United States once has again to deal with Arizona acting all uppity.  Machete plays like a cinematic version of Public Enemy’s “By the Time I Get to Arizona.”  The inspiration for the Public Enemy song was Arizona’s non-recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.

Machete is that pure amalgamation of pop culture and politics we love so dearly here.  Since this blog is an educational tool, it is worth explaining the tag line.  “We didn’t cross the border.  The border crossed us!”  It is a not-so-veiled reference to the Mexican-American War, the prequel to the American Civil War.  Not all wars are good-vs-evil propositions.  The Mexican-American War was a naked land grab.  The War did not receive unanimous support by the populace.  It also opened up the Pandora’s Box known as the slave state-free state issue.  And a year after the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, gold was discovered in California.

Here’s another view of the conquered territory.  This time with the state boundaries added.

The political fallout was just as fraught with bad feelings.  Turns out the “Guy sitting on the throne of skulls” motif can be traced back to Zachary Taylor’s 1848 presidential campaign on the Whig ticket.  Taylor, then known as General Taylor, headed United States forces in the War.

One should not forget the ill-fated 2008 Absolut Vodka ad campaign.  The ad depicted Mexico with its pre-Mexican War borders.  The usual uproar and outrage followed the ad campaign.


  1. mattchristman
    May 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Not only will I be seeing “Machete,” I would be willing to have every frame of it tattooed onto my body. My favorite part of the trailer is Robert DeNiro’s absurdly tiny hat.

  1. May 6, 2010 at 11:51 am

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