While legislators’ political decisions are often made behind closed doors, the repercussions are played out in the public arena, particularly via pop culture. Since drafting and signing the most stringent immigration law in decades, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer are now galvanizing symbols.   Before SB1070 passed, they received all kinds of local political pressure after a (white) rancher, Robert Krentz, was shot by a suspected coyote/smuggler/drug dealer.  And the state feels utterly unsupported/protected by U.S. agents who have set up checkpoints 60 miles from the border.  Yet, after the bill was signed into Arizona law (it is slated to take effect in August), Pearce and Brewer have turned Arizona into a recurring gag on the Colbert Show.   

Back in 2007, director Robert Rodriguez’s bloody, R-rated trailer for Machete looked like a joke.  But now Rodriguez indicates a feature version starring Robert De Niro as a race baiting Congressman, Danny Trejo as a vigilante, and Cheech Marin as a shotgun wielding priest will have a timely September theatrical release.  On Cinco de Mayo, Rodriguez leaked a special preview trailer to Ain’t It Cool News.

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