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What are some stereotypes of Mexicans?

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In American popular culture in particular, some common and unfounded stereotypes of Mexican people are that they are corrupt, violent, poor, illiterate, lazy and unhygienic. Mexican women, especially, are frequently represented as overly sexual.

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Mexico's Ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, publicly rejected such stereotypes in 2013, reprimanding Hollywood for continually relying on racist stock characters in their depiction of Mexicans as drug dealers, gardeners and corrupt policemen.

It has been suggested that such stereotypes grow out of the generally anti-immigration stance of many Americans. Additionally, negative depictions of Mexicans have a circular impact, influencing and contributing to the negative attitudes that give rise to them.

Mora has also criticized depictions of Mexicans by the media in the United Kingdom. In 2011, he denounced television presenter Richard Hammond's dismissive stereotyping of Mexicans as "lazy, feckless and flatulent."

President Barack Obama likewise called for an end to Mexican stereotypes during a 2013 visit to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City.

Another common stereotype of Mexican people is that they all want to migrate into the U.S. While all negative stereotypes of Mexicans are unfounded, this one is particularly at odds with reality. According to a 2013 Gallup survey, only 11 percent of Mexicans want to leave Mexico — the same as the percentage of Americans wishing to leave the U.S.

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