The Big Question: Is Big Tex Mexican?

Categories: State Fair

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Amy Silverstein
Yesterday afternoon, Texas gaped as the resurrected Big Tex experienced, in the vaguely unsettling words of State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding, a "premature birth." Fair Park's official Twitter feed announced the successful delivery with an equally unfortunate metaphor: "Ta-daaa! Big Tex drops his robe earlier than announced."

Rest assured that Big Tex was fully clothed in his custom-made Dickies when high winds prompted fair officials to remove his cloak of secrecy a day earlier than planned to reveal....a giant, semi-animatronic cowboy that looked pretty much like the old model. A bit more junk in the trunk, but otherwise indistinguishable.

Well, not quite indistinguishable. A close inspection reveals that the face has a darker complexion than before, leading many to pose a vital question:

Most people go with the latter. On Twitter, his unofficial nickname is Big Tex-Mex.

Given Texas' shifting demographics in the six decades since he was first unveiled, one couldn't fault the State Fair officials for making the cowboy a bit more ethnically ambiguous, but they're playing coy. Gooding told WFAA on Thursday, "He can be who you want him to be."

That's the lamest of all possible answers, and one that didn't satisfy WFAA reporter Jobin Panicker, who turned to an expert on the subject: trial lawyer/activist/politician/Mexican-American Domingo Garcia.

His answer was also lame.

"Big Tex represents all of Texas, and Texans come in all shapes and colors and we need to embrace that diversity," he told Panicker.

Hey, look. The Internet is already embracing that diversity:


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mtex11
mtex11

I am is here legally and i promise no more pics in front of big mex.  Always being politically correct sickens me.The Mexican population explosion is for two reasons illegal aliens and the fact Mexicans have more children then they can afford. thus they live on our $$$ . I am disgusted with the new paint job. Why not make a few new ones ?-- cover every group that whines and begs

dfwbill71
dfwbill71

And all this time I was more awestruck by the eyebrow lift, chin implant, Juvéderm filler in his cheeks and noticeably askew mouthful of Lumineers. From "Big Tex" to "Big MetroTexual" in just one year.  #MyBad  :) 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 I, for one, am proud of the Texicans who fought with the anglos for independence from Mexico, and have no problem with them being represented by Big Tex-Mex.

bcmugger
bcmugger

"diversity" = PC speak for no whites.

looneytoonsindville
looneytoonsindville

Where I come from, Cowboys like Big Tex work outdoors.  Their skin is heavily tanned & wind burnt.  Prematurely aged as well.  This Big Tex is not dark enough to be realistic, even if he is Caucasian.  Many cowboys were African American.  Then, there were the Vaqueros who were Mexican-American cowboys.  I kinda like honoring all three.  Darken & weather the face and the depiction will be more realistic!

booradley
booradley

If Tex was Mexican he would be holding a pair of jumper cables for his car.

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DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Who cares?  We need to burn his ass every year.  There is no reason that the Burning Man Festival should draw thousands of people.  Texas should start a "Burning Tex" festival and light his ass up at the end.  Attendance would grow, I bet!

c.red
c.red

he looks like someone of mixed white, Native American and black decent. I wonder what kind of people live in Texas...

casiepierce
casiepierce

So stupid. Give him a few years and the sun will blanch his face.

CarlSmith
CarlSmith

There's only one way too tell what race he is. You have to check his junk.

jshdodd91
jshdodd91

lol That is all I have to say about this

JustSaying
JustSaying

If he was Mexican he would be wearing white Wranglers with ostrich quill boots. Duh.

jesseP
jesseP

way to tall to be mexican....common sense, yo!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

New this year at the Fair: Enchilada Wednesday!

ragetweets
ragetweets

So extremist progressive liberals run the Texas State Fair?  Lovely.

johncoby
johncoby

OH THIS IS GOING TO BE FUNNY!!  I predict the heads of White Wing Wadio to exploded in 3...2....1....

reg1971la
reg1971la

I sure as hell can fault the Fair officials if turning Big Tex Mexican was their intent. Big Tex is who he is. To suggest he can change ethnicity just to appease certain people is the height of politically correct lunacy.

missy
missy

Who gives a blankety-blank!!!! Just go to fair & have fun!    No wonder I'm becoming more misanthrope as the days go on.  Stupid nitpicking lemmings.

J_A_
J_A_

He's actually the same color as those tanning bed freaks from Joisy.

ccarlyle26
ccarlyle26

Do you really have nothing better to write about? Those people who gave answers you call lame also understand that Big Tex represents all of us as Texans; he does not represent just Mexican-American Texans, African American Texans or white Texans. The fact that you are even bringing this question to the surface leads me to believe you don't understand what time or state we live in. Don't you have some restaurant, band or museum to write about? Reading this pains me and seeing public figures egg this conversation on is pathetic. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I still say that he don't look creepy enough.


Didn't the jaw move up and down on the old Big Tex when he talked?  This looks as if it can't


So instead of being a cowboy, he is now a vaquero?  Of course with his darker skin shade he could be a paniolo (an Hawaiian cowboy).

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I think that the real reason they are telling us he may be Mexican, is to scare us away from bitching that he looks like crap.  Fear out of being called racist, will shut up a lot of people.

For the record, he does look like crap and a bit scary.

If he was intentionally made to look Mexican, I also think we now know the real reason the voice of Big Tex was fired over the winter.  They were going "another direction"

BuffaloPrinter
BuffaloPrinter

Let the record show that the tweet from "Donovan Lewis" is a fake account.  And a quite racist one at that.

White_Jesus
White_Jesus

@booradley  or towing it with a rope during rush hour endangering actual human beings with their hispanyoism 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@reg1971la Well, Big Tex, if he "is who he is" is actually a Santa Clause car salesman, then.

c.red
c.red

@whocareswhatithinkCubans are mixed people of white [Spanish], Native American and Black decent. I wonder what kind of people live in Texas...

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@ccarlyle26 It really pains me to defend Eric, but

1. This is Unfair Park - Eric does not write about bands or restaurants.

2.  This is big news - a lot of people are unhappy about his appearance.  He looks like crap and is kinda scary looking. 

3.  He is supposed to represent the State Fair - not the diversity of the City.  I did not identify on a personal level with the old Big Tex, and I was fine with that.  Why should he be changed?

It does not pain me that much that public figures such as Domingo Garcia are fanning the flames.  Without that, Domingo would cease to exist.

NotLindaRondstandt
NotLindaRondstandt

@Rumpunch1 I'm Mexican and he looks like crap!  Even we wouldn't wear sissy looking boots, like that.  You're welcome!

PepperoneCalzone
PepperoneCalzone

@Rumpunch1 That's a possibility. Maybe they want to make Big Tex bilingual, and Billy Bragg couldn't speak Spanish well enough. 

White_Jesus
White_Jesus

It is just weird to hear "howdy mang" and see big tex and his six out of controlled little beaner children drinking sugary drinks and putting Valentina Sauce on their corny dogs mang .

ccarlyle26
ccarlyle26

@Rumpunch1  I understand your argument, but by no means is this "big news". Big news is "They're frying butter this year!". Big news is "We have a new Big Tex! And he looks just as great as ever!" 

I admit I was ignorant about not recognizing what this blog was about; I was just surprised that anyone would write about this on any blog. And in that vain, there is plenty of food, car, wine, games or show news to be blogging about, not the color of a mannequin's skin. 

And if Big Tex represents the "State" Fair, how does he not represent the diversity of the population of our great "State"? Isn't that what a state fair is all about, to bring people from all over the state to share what makes us all different?


NotLindaRondstandt
NotLindaRondstandt

@PepperoneCalzone  

They've had Big Tex speaking Spanish for years. When was the last decade you were at the Fair?

White_Jesus
White_Jesus

You are a complete and total liar . The cotton bowl has natural grass

You are going to burn in hell along with your children for eternity

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I don't think he looks as great as ever.

White_Jesus
White_Jesus

Wouldn't make sense that a fake plastic field be mowed by a fake plastic beaner ? Think about it then laugh at ypurself

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