Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to a crowd during a large march and rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 5, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to a crowd during a large march and rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 5, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Michael Moore’s “If Only I Were Mexican” Twitter hashtag pokes at Romney, backfires

When a secret video of Mitt Romney telling wealthy donors he might have been better off in the election if he was Latino surfaced this week, many took issue with his language.

Filmmaker and noted liberal, Michael Moore sought to capitalize on what Romney said by creating the hashtag #IfOnlyIWereMexican.

While some continued on in the spirit of what Moore intended — namely tweets using the hashtag to make fun of Romney’s comments — many others chose to infuse the conversation with stereotypes about Mexicans.

Latino Rebels, a humor and culture site, railed against the hashtag, including people who were trying to support Moore but ended up using stereotypes.

“Leave the wit and self-deprecating humor to the experts, like @MexicanMitt,” they wrote.  “When you start tweeting things that associate being Mexican to mowing laws, working as day laborers, eating cheap rice and frijoles, and (the worst one we saw by far) being in fear of the Zetas, you just add to the ignorance. And please please don’t tell us that you ‘have Mexican friends.’”

Being Hispanic is a hot topic after Romney’s remarks became public, with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show jumping into the fray. “You can’t do that — you can’t make the joke and then immediately double down on the premise,” Stewart said of Romney saying, “I say that jokingly but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

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