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10 thoughts I had after watching 'The Day I Met El Chapo'

10 thoughts I had after watching 'The Day I Met El Chapo'

After binge-watching the three-part docu-series, which followed the untold version of the story about Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo meeting El Chapo with American actor and wannabe-journalist Sean Penn. The latter ended up writing an article about the experience for Rolling Stone, a move which caused a terrible ripple effect which ended with the drug lord's capture. In this Spanish-language series, Del Castillo, her friends, family, journalists, actors, El Chapo's lawyer and others reexamine what happened.

 Kate and Sean

Kate and Sean

The show was released around the same time Del Castillo was exonerated after being accused of money laundering and other charges allegedly provoked by her "involvement" with El Chapo. Penn, however, didn't face any charges, and has been denying statements made about him in the docu-series.

Here are some thoughts I had while watching:

1. Tweet in Spanish is "tweet"

2. Trying to understand the plot-lines of the Mexican telenovelas is confusing but it somehow always seem to involve: a woman seducing a man, a man riding on a horse and...cowboy hats for some reason.

3. Why was Kate crucified for sending out that tweet? (I mean, I know why but I feel like we've all been there... A couple glasses of wine and a Twitter rant? That's just a regular Friday night.)

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 "Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than the governments that hide truths even though they are painful..." 

"Today I believe more in El Chapo Guzmán than the governments that hide truths even though they are painful..." 

4. On top of his murder and drug charges, El Chapo is also facing crimes against fashion.

5. WHY DO I HAVE TO HATE EVERY MAN IN HOLLYWOOD NOW? Like, damn. I wish I didn't have to hate you, Sean Penn, but you seem like a pretty big douche. I thought the Rolling Stone piece was an okay attempt for an actor trying to be a journalist...But journalists usually don't screw over their sources or put their lives in danger so... there's that. 

6. I love how Spanish-speaking people pronounce "Sean Penn."

7.  Del Castillo's sister is an ice queen. And she's holding grudges like it's her day job.

8. You know there's something wrong if TMZ was the only one covering Sean Penn's "sabotage."

9. This is why The New York Post should not try to put puns in their headlines... #fail

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10. I love how this docu-series is also a plug for Del Castillo's new show on...wait for it... Netflix! But while I'm here, and learning Spanish, I may as well binge some more. I'll let you know how it is. Adios!

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