Update and resolution: Telemundo contractor terminated after racist tweets exposed
Telemundo released the following statement this afternoon, 7 December:
We have investigated the matter and have found that the person associated with the twitter handle @hotchulo was a part-time contracted worker.
We take these matters seriously and as a result, have terminated our relationship with this person. We also want to make it clear that he was not speaking on behalf of Telemundo Media or NBCUniversal at any time.
The speed and seriousness with which Telemundo responded to this matter is commendable.
Telemundo, the Spanish-language TV network owned by NBC, is investigating a series of racist tweets from the account of @HotChulo, a person claiming to be a “social media coordinator” employed by the network.
The tweets included many demeaning epithets against Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Ethiopians and especially targeted women, characterizing them frequently as “Muslim whores” among other vulgar and racist terms.
This afternoon, Karen Comas, Social Media Manager at Telemundo tweeted, “We are investigating this matter. This a very serious situation, and so are taking it with that level of severity.”
Michelle Alban, Corporate Publicist for Telemundo Network, also told The Electronic Intifada by telephone that the network took the matter “very very seriously” and began an investigation as soon as she and colleagues were made aware of the matter.
A number of Twitter users began tweeting about @HotChulo after seeing his racist diatribes:
But Alban said she could not confirm whether the owner of the @HotChulo account indeed worked for Telemundo.
Independent evidence indicates, however, that @HotChulo does appear to have some sort of affiliation with the network. This evidence includes numerous Foursquare check-ins from Telemundo’s headquarters in Hialeah, Florida and Twitter mentions by other users identifying themselves as employees of Telemundo:
Racist diatribes against “Muslim whores,” Palestinians, Arabs and Ethiopians
Over months, @HotChulo had tweeted countless offensive and vulgar statements, apparently while identifying himself in his bio as “social media coordinator” of Telemundo. Here are a few recent examples:
Covering his tracks
Soon after attention focused on him, @HotChulo began deleting his tweets and his Twitter bio, eventually taking his account private. But many of the most incriminating Tweets had already been captured by several Twitter users:
Awaiting results of Telemundo/NBC’s investigation
Alban told The Electronic Intifada that she hoped to have further information by Wednesday. If Telemundo confirms that @HotChulo worked for them, it seems inconceivable that situation could continue.
The network will also have to ask itself how someone could be tweeting such vile filth for months, possibly from its own offices, and go unnoticed.
Who is “@HotChulo?”
While The Electronic Intifada is still following leads about the real identity of @HotChulo, he appears to have used two other names on social media, including Facebook: Eugenio Cuervo and Eugenio Corbeau, the last names, respectively, are the Spanish and French words for “raven.” He also maintains the Twitter accounts @SonOfJudah and @HijoDeJuda and the YouTube channel HijoDeJuda.
Pro-Israel extremism and support for violence
All his social media accounts and interactions indicate that @HotChulo supports the most extremist pro-Israel positions and often applauded violence against Palestinians and others: