If you’re not a fan of “Arrested Development,” you probably don’t understand all those “Happy Cinco de Cuatro” tweets today.
Here are a few of them.
May 4, or Cinco de Cuatro, is a holiday made up by the writers of “Arrested Development” and celebrated on the fourth-season premiere.
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In a flashback to 1982, Lucille and George Bluth (played by Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen) invent the Newport Beach holiday because they’re upset that their Hispanic staff take off on Cinco de Mayo.
They plot to derail Cinco de Mayo by using up all the “party supplies” and food the night before with a fake Cinco de Cuatro celebration, aka the “War on May the 5th.”
Explained by Fusion: “The rich, white Orange County revelers eagerly buy up maracas, inflatable chili peppers, sombreros, glow necklaces, and fake mustaches galore. White mariachis sing ‘The Cockroach’ to the tune of ‘La Cucaracha,’ and there appears to be at least one piñata on hand for every single resident of the state of California.”
The obvious joke is that Cinco de Cuatro doesn’t even mean May 4. It means “five of four” in Spanish, a wink at the culturally inept Bluth family’s inability to speak Spanish.
Or maybe, some have wondered, it’s a poke at President Barack Obama?
In 2009, on the evening before a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, the president joked that it was “Cinco de Cuatro” when he meant to say “Cuatro de Mayo,”or “fourth of May.”
He was roasted like chili peppers on a sizzling grill for the blooper.
And speaking of presidents and Cinco de Mayo, everyone remember this now-infamous tweet from then-candidate Donald Trump last year?
Politico reports that Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, will continue the 16-year White House tradition of honoring Cinco de Mayo.
“Previous presidents like Barack Obama and George W. Bush have celebrated the Cinco de Mayo holiday nearly every year, usually with a reception in the East Room or the Rose Garden,” Politico reports. “The date commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the French-Mexican War.
“Presidents have often used the event to hail the Mexican-American relationship, contributions from Americans of Mexican heritage, and to talk about immigration.”
Pence reportedly will host a reception in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the White House.
On Cinco de Cuatro.