We Lift You Up: Pretty Much Everyone Is Going Rogue To Help Puerto Rico
They still need help. Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/ Reuters
You may want to abandon hope after the latest racist stunt by the Bounty-Throwing Clown: At an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration (yes, we know how ridiculous that is) at the White House, he inflicted a grotesque parody of a Spanish accent on the name "Puh-WER-to Rico," because ha ha aren't those foreign-sounding names funny?!? This week, according to media reports and the watchdog Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, his Administration also took the Orwellian step of scrubbing all FEMA's bad news from its Hurricane Maria web page - like how, weeks after the fact, just 9% of residents have power and 54% have drinking water - so people would stop saying mean things about him.
Still, we rise. Stepping into the breach, a website run by Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rosselló now posts and updates the status of all vital services - power, water, cell service, bus routes, gas stations, grocery stores, mail service - to residents in Spanish. Picking up the free-speech ball, The Washington Post has also started publishing that data in English, along with hourly updates. Unconscionably heeding the fears of its naked emperor, FEMA would evidently not rather broadcast its slow progress, notes the Post, "So we will."
In the same spirit, because the government can't seem to get it together to help brown people suffering, many others have said they will. Groups of nurses, doctors and truckers have gone to the island, and multiple fundraising efforts are underway. Stephen Colbert, along with actor Nick Kroll, launched one of the more entertaining ones with #PuberMe. Daring celebrities to post their most cringe-worthy pre-pubescent photos of themselves complete with adolescent warts and angst - see John Oliver! - he promised to donate $1,000 per post to Puerto Rican relief. In a week, he raised a million dollars - or at least a thousand shy of a million until Lin-Manuel Miranda came by to help.
Since the hurricane hit , Hamilton creator, Puerto Rican native and all-round good guy Miranda has been everywhere raising money. And Friday, he released Almost Like Praying, a Puerto-Rican-star-studded song and video that quickly rose to #1 on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Hispanic Federation's relief efforts. The song, taken from the West Side Story song Maria, features over a dozen artists and names all of the island's 78 towns in what he calls "a rallying cry, an invocation" for his country. Miranda has also partnered with streaming services to encourage donations, and has posted a hurricane relief playlist on Spotify;
— Spotify Latino (@SpotifyLatino) October 6, 2017
Colbert way back when