Guillermo López Langarica

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Langarica.

Guillermo López Langarica (1968 – 25 September 2008) was a Mexican YouTube celebrity who accidentally rose to fame in 2007. Prior to his death he was mostly known as 'El Canaca', (the Canaca guy). More recently he is remembered as 'Don Memo'. Born in 1968 in El Salto, Jalisco.

Rise to fame[edit]

López Langarica came to the public spotlight when he was detained in Guadalajara, Jalisco, for speed-driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002. He was interviewed and featured in a TV show titled 'El Show de la Barandilla', which mostly aired comical police interventions against drunkards, through Canal 4 de Guadalajara, a company belonging to the Televisa consortium. A few years later, his video was uploaded to YouTube and quickly gained nationwide fame.

In the video, López Langarica explains to the reporter how he was wrongly detained, as he was drunk-driving but had not 'crashed yet'. He also claimed the police officers robbed him of $ 50,000.00 Mexican pesos he carried along, explaining he had a pack of a hundred $500.00 pesos bills. (Y mis cincuenta mil pesos ¿qué?) When asked about his income's origins he claimed to work at Promotora Mexicana Gaitán, a commerce located at 6-6-30-6-71-3-3-3-3 (he forgot to mention a 3 before the phone number). He identified himself as the owner's son, a man named Miguel Ángel Gaytán Uribe, who also allegedly served as President of an organization called 'CANACA', acronym which, he said, stands for 'Centrales de Abastos de la República Mexicana'. Finally, he asks the cameraman to tape his right ankle, angrily accusing the officers of restraining him like a pig. (¡Me amarraron como puerco!)

The YouTube video was an instant phenomenon, having received over eight and a half million views to date. López Langarica rose to national fame because of his comical explanation of events, places, and his catch-phrases '¿Y qué? No he chocado' (So what? I haven't crashed yet), 'Apúntele bien' (Literally meaning: "Write this down", but he meant: "aim correctly"), 'Soy hijo del papá' (I'm son of the father) referring to his relation with "the owner", '¡Me amarraron como puerco!' (They tied me like a pig!!), and his definition of the acronym CANACA.

In Mexico there is no organization by the name 'CANACA'. Some of the closest examples would be the Cámara Nacional de Comercio (CANACO), the Confederación Nacional de Agrupaciones de Comerciantes de Centros de Abastos (CONACCA) [1], and the Cámara Nacional de Autotransportes de Carga (CANACAR) [2].

Promotora Mexicana Gaitán (PROMEGA) does exist, it is an enterprise which imports/exports fruits and vegetables, specially strawberries, with offices both in Guadalajara and Mexico City. The former is located at 6th Street's 630. The phone number is +52(33)3671-3333.[1] Whether López Langarica worked there or not is unknown. No one by the name Miguel Ángel Gaytán works at PROMEGA, but there is a Miguel Ángel Gaytán Uribe who served as the vigilancy committee's president at the Unión de Comerciantes del Mercado de Abastos de Guadalajara (UCMA).[2]

Death[edit]

On the night of September 25, 2008, López Langarica was run over in Guadalajara by a Dodge Neon, driven by a heavily intoxicated woman named Silvia Teresa Borbón Valenzuela. He was totally sober. When the police arrived, the woman claimed someone had put the body under her car. The fact immediately made it to national news and was featured in Mexico's most prominent news reports and newspapers.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Numerous parodies and tributes spawned after the original video's popularity, such as imitations, animated versions, musical remixes, and even religious prayers. Also, other Mexican drunken celebrities gained fame, such as Dios Eolo (God Aeolus), Dulce Sarahí Villarreal, the 'Ni Merga' guy, the Sicarios de Montemorelos (Montemorelos killers), the 'Tengo Miedo' (I'm Afraid) guy, and the 'Me Estoy yendo por la Banqueta', (I'm on the Sidewalk) -he was really on the street- amongst others . After López Langarica's death numerous tribute and farewell videos appeared in YouTube. T-shirts imprinted with his famous phrases or the Mexican soccer team Atlas's logo are for sale in some street markets. Also, YouTube users posted several in memoriam comments in his famous video, while some users encourage fans to call and dennounce Silvia Teresa Borbón, even providing alleged personal data, such as her home address, and her cell phone number.

More recently, some people in Guadalajara claim to have witnessed apparitions by López Langarica's ghost, leading users on the net to jokingly refer to him as 'San Canaca'.

See also[edit]

  • El Fua, another Mexican Internet meme

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://promega.com.mx/site/about.asp Promotora Mexicana Gaitán
  2. ^ http://www.ucma.com.mx/?seccion=comite&id=2 UCMA
  3. ^ "Muere El Canaca, estrella de YouTube" (Spanish), El Universal (September 25, 2008).

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