Conan O’ Brien travelled to Mexico City to produce Conan Without Borders, a televised special created with the help of an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests, and studio audience. During his visit in Mexico, we could not stop laughing at every hilarious thing that Conan did: he joined a quinceañera, asked for donations to build a wall, played soccer with a Mexican national team player, and ate tacos al pastor with Jorge Ramos.
Last night, the special finally aired on TBS, and one of Conan’s guests was former Mexican president Vicente Fox. In the past year, Fox has been ardently vocal about Trump’s administration and agenda, specifically in regards to “the wall” — he has famously voiced his concerns on his Twitter.
Behind Conan’s desk stood a backdrop depicting Mexico City’s most representative and iconic monument, El Ángel. When Conan introduced Vicente Fox, the former president was welcomed with uproarious applause.
Then, Fox immediately offered Conan a gift: a pair of leather boots emblazoned with the words “No F**king Wall.”
During his presidency, Vicente Fox was known for wearing leather boots, a trademark of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico – the largest manufacturer of leather shoes in the country.
Fox told Conan, “Made in México, by the best handcrafts of the world.” Humorously, Conan responded, “These are beautiful and I will wear these often.”
On Conan’s show, Vicente Fox would not backdown nor sanitize his comments about the wall. Conan explained his personal opinion as well, saying:
“I live in Los Angeles, and I’ve said this before – you can not walk three feet in Los Angeles and not be made aware of the incredible cultural contributions: food, art, architecture – that have been made by Mexicans. So it’s very silly, we are already together. And that is not going to change.”
About unity and respect beyond politeness, Fox commented, “So many Mexicans doing great work, and [they’re] loyal to the United States, and now they want to kick them in the ass and throw them out. That is going to be a very big loss for the United States.”
With the current fear of deportation and elevated ICE control, Fox reminds people, “These are good, loyal, loving people,” adding:
“They are decent, honest and contribute to the greatness of that nation, so America is great, but it will be greater because of our people there.”
The special is now streaming online, and you can witness every moment. We hope Conan bulldozes a lot of ignorance with a bit of humor. All we can say is ¡Gracias, Conan!