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10Cassandro

Via newyorker.com

The wrestling scene in Mexico is rather similar to the structure of the WWE in terms of how they establish the characters of their luchadors. Their league is based on the stark contrasts between good guys (tecnicos) and bad guys (rudos). Within these categories is a subset of wrestlers called

the exotico.

These wrestlers dress in drag and exude feminism while wrestling other stars. Not all of them are actually gay, but Cassandro is one example of an exotico who is open about his homosexuality. He says the leagues portray the exotico characters as sort of clownish, designed to make people laugh. It doesn’t bother him though, and he has continued to wrestle with some success in the Mexican leagues for several years.

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