Soon-to-be two-time grandma MVP and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has posted a list to her campaign site entitled “7 Ways Hillary Clinton is Just Like Your Abuela.” Apparently targeted towards Latinas (y’know, because “abuela” means “grandma” in Spanish), the #totally #shareable list of .gifs talked a lot about La Hillary knowing so much about the value of #respeto, and also showed off a photo of her with Marc Anthony, who everyone knows abuelas love.
At first, I felt offended, and not just because of the vapid and confusing overuse of .gifs as content. Hillary Clinton is smart and has certainly earned my #respeto—I might even vote for her!—but like, girl, you don’t know my life.
But then I thought more carefully about Hillary Clinton’s background and really, truly, there are a lot of similarities between her experience growing up in Chicago and the life of my own abuela, Guadalupe Gomez Escobedo (RIP), of Léon, Guanajato, México and, later, Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA.
by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Just two grandmas, doin’ the same shit!
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Top: Guadalupe Gomez Escobedo image by unknown. Hillary Clinton image via Getty. John & Chrissy image via Getty. Raven Symone image via screenshot. Fabletics photo via screenshot. The Voice image via NBC. Kim/Kris image via Instagram. Adele image via screenshot.
All .gifs via Bobby Finger