US expats in Mexico slam latest Netflix offering as trash

Published:  31 Aug at 6 PM
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The latest Netflix reality show, ‘Made in Mexico’, is generating a massive online backlash from US expats in the popular destination.

‘Made in Mexico’ is, if nothing else, a superb showing of bad taste as it demonstrates the lavish lives of a small group of sycophantic expats and ultra-wealthy socialites living in a country where around 50 per cent of the population is mired in poverty. For once, social media provided a platform for everyday viewers, whether US expats in Mexico or not, to throw mud at the producers in the form of adjectives such as ‘filth’, ‘classist’, ‘pathetic’ and ‘trash’ – along with other comments and suggestions unsuitable for publication.

Critics are also hitting on the timing of the show’s scheduling, coming as it does just a few weeks after a leftist president was elected on the promise of draining Mexico’s very own swamp and protecting the poor. Early advertising by Netflix promised a chance to ‘get to know the infamous dynasties and opulent lifestyles of Mexico’s socialites and their expat followers vying for inclusion in this exclusive world’. One Twitter reply said it all, suggesting Made in Mexico could have been a whole series showing weekly episodes focusing on the country’s diversity, beauty and varied cultures, adding ‘no, all we got was more rich white people’. Another comment called the show a ‘shallow series showing shallow people’, pointing out the subject’s unsuitability in a country with so many poor people and adding ‘shame on you, Netflix’.

For decades, Mexico has been an all-time favourite for US retirees for its climate, reasonable cost of living, ease of access for visits back home and established expatriate communities. The country regularly scores high in surveys as it’s mostly safe, naturally beautiful, has affordable properties and modern infrastructure. High-speed internet and excellent cellphone coverage make for easy, regular contacts with family back home as well as for expatriates wishing to continue with an online business, and very few have any desire to become part of the hi-so crowd as shown in the series.
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