Miami's "Big Orange" Will Be Called "La Gran Naranja" This Year and Some Gringos Are Super-Upset About It

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Every year, the City of Miami hoists a giant neon orange up the side of the Hotel InterContinental in downtown and drops it at the stroke of midnight. The thing is creatively called "The Big Orange." This year, however, it will officially be known as "La Gran Naranja" to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon.

People on the Internet, specifically gringos on the Internet, are really, really, really upset about this.

Let's take a look through the wonderful world of local news websites' comments sections!

From Miami.com:

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From CBS Miami:

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From Local10:

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From NBC Miami:

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Calm down, my fellow chalkies. Everything is going to be OK. Let me explain to you why this is really nothing to get upset about, let alone nothing to make ridiculous comments (in some cases under your real names) about on the Internet.

1. We're talking about a tacky (yes, delightfully so, but still tacky) neon orange.

2. The name change is just for one year. "It's just for this year," Mayor Tomás Regalado said at the news conference, according to Local 10. One year!

3. The name change is meant to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon's arrival in Florida.

4. Ponce de Leon was the first person to introduce oranges to Florida. This is a historic fact. He did not call them "oranges"; he called them "naranjas." This actually has nothing to do with Miami's Cuban population, but rather is a way to honor the man who brought Florida's most important crop to the area.

5. As human history shows, occasionally people from different areas migrate from one place to another (in the past 500 years Europeans have been the champions of this, settling all sorts of corners of the globe without much respect for the people who were there before). This is usually accompanied by cultural changes and meshing of traditions and languages. Sometimes things change. Yes, gringos, change is scary, but if it didn't happen, we'd all be speaking Native American dialects here in Miami.

6. No one will ticket you or put you in jail if you keep referring to it as "The Big Orange." No one is forcing you to call it "La Gran Naranja."

7. The "Mr. Neon" portion of the sign will not be changed to "Sr. Neón."

8. "La Gran Naranja" is fun to say. Say it aloud right now! (By the way, it's pronounced la grahn nah-rahn-ha.) Are you not smiling now?

9. Seriously, it's a fucking neon orange.

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36 comments
Timmy
Timmy

I'm white and I call the so called gulf of mexico the gulf of the USA,do hispanics get angry about that?

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

The point that the white folks are trying to make is not so much about the orange- it's about the disregard for their culture and the perceived arrogance of the hispanic community forcing Spanish on them against their will. Ancestry is irrelevant at this point and if it were then we would all be speaking Tequesta, Seminole or Micousoukee since the native Americans were here first. LIKE IT OR NOT THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES IS ENGLISH and THIS is what the prime consideration should remain when renaming ANYTHING. If the Hispanic community (or any other ethnicity considering changing the country as well) is so determined to make everyone learn Spanish, then organize, rise up, change the Constitution and the nations official language- till then love it or leave it.

orlo
orlo

whats a Naranja anywayz

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

  Ponce de Leon made a fortune in gold, slaves, and land.

Victoria Renard
Victoria Renard

I don't live in Miami (yet). I live in Austin, TX. Our Mexican-American population doesn't even speak Spanish or try to comprehend it. My Spanish speaking skills are not the best but I travel to Spanish speaking countries a lot and I feel like a complete asshole for not being more fluent. The U.S. is way too complacent. Not to mention, most of Florida and Texas can barely manage their way through the English language. They teach English as a required course in many countries in the high schools as well as the metric system. I am the ignoramus, as far as I am concerned. The sexiest people speak 2+ languages, in my book.

karinadianne
karinadianne

I love boring ass white people who cannot enjoy anything that isn't plain as they are, so endearing

Ninfa Arana
Ninfa Arana

I shall always call it by its name, "big orange".

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

dmv worker: What language do you speak?

al bundy: I speak the same language as everybody in this country

.dmv worker: Oh. spanish.

al bundy: I don't speak spanish, you idiot.

al bundy: I speak american.

dmv worker:American?

al bundy: American.

dmv worker: Ah. here's one.

dmv worker: I hope you know a lot about towing trailers.

BBabushka
BBabushka

Showing their illiteracy and true colors- and it ain't Naranja! RT @vicequeenmaria :ignorance alive & well in Floriduh! http://t.co/grgm3omE

SpaceTripper
SpaceTripper

bwahahaha the Sunshine Hate strikes again!

Antonio Casanovas
Antonio Casanovas

@Oscar Daniel Borras is the only one with some sense...and unfortunately for some of you backwards thinking gringos, you DO have to learn spanish if you are living in Miami because as much as you stroke yourself to the tune of deeming yourself a majority, the culture of Miami is hispanic by miles...and you guys love it until it comes down to stupid shit like a place renaming itself to honor the growing hispanic culture...so go drink your mojitos, eat your pollo tropical, underpay your hispanic maid and pick up some latin chicks at the nightclub...and wake up hating everything about the ppl who have evereything to do with ur day

Oscar Daniel Borras
Oscar Daniel Borras

..... It's issues like this that have made me lose faith in the intellectual power of the human race. Florida was named "La Florida" by Ponce so to honor the 500th anniversary of the Spanish explorers discovery ( he wasn't Cuban by the way) they are calling the Orange "La Gran Naranja" THIS YEAR!. This isn't about trying to saturate the inbred, ignorant, none progressive, stuck somewhere in 1955 culture you call being "a real American" with more Hispanic traditions or name changes. J/S

Cathy Glover
Cathy Glover

I agree with Silvia. 95% of the time I encounter someone who doesn't speak English I usually get my point across, and we both have fun learning a little about each other's language. But what irritates me is the 5% that insist that I need to speak Spanish and look down their noses at me because I am American. I've stopped going to the Farm Stores two blocks from my house because of this. I'd rather go to, and park and walk into, a family run convenience store nearby. They are Middle Eastern, but they don't demand that I learn Farsi.

Ked Killjoy
Ked Killjoy

Now i know very little spanish. Correct me if im wrong but doesnt this mean "the big orange" which is exactly what it is. what is there to complain about ?

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

How do you say "the big orange" in creole, I think that would be a better name . Le Gran Oranj haha

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

it is a stupid idea to change the name to a latin name...this is america not another country...by the way im latin also

Courtney Bee Hive Mitchell
Courtney Bee Hive Mitchell

Well look white people. You would be in the pooper if it was not for our Latino friends that make up Miami. There are 2 million people in Miami, 75 languages spoken, and 50 percent of the Miami population was born in a different country other than the USA, so get the hell over it, or move to Broward, or Oklahoma.

Marlon De Leon
Marlon De Leon

@silvia what's wrong with speaking more than one language?

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

Miami New Times, I know. I get it. I looked carefully. I thought it through. It still doesn't gut-feel right. Long live the Ponce! And keep up the good work over there :-)

Antonio Divine
Antonio Divine

Well I thing they should be happy it could have been replaced by another fruit like a papaya and then it will be called "La Gran Papaya"! Could you imagine? Spend the night with a "Papayazo"!

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Dirk, these were comments left publicly on other news outlet websites.

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

Joe Robbie Stadium will always be Joe Robbie Stadium just like the Big Orange will be the Big Orange. If you don't speak spanish, I doubt you will be calling it "La Gran Naranja"

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

In other news, Los Angeles is now "The Angels" and San Fransisco is "Saint Frank". Gentrified citizens approve.

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

Taking screengrabs of people's actual identities from FB is pretty uncool

Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza
Gabriel Geronimo Pedraza

Stupid idea anyway. But who cares??? We never talk about that damn thing anyway..... till now.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

The Curley effect is alive and doing well in Miami-Dade County

jetsetter5955
jetsetter5955

@Victoria Renard girl i see you, looking through ur fb u belong in soflo, texas aint doing nothing 4 u gurl u need miami sunshine, bikinis and freedom in your life. peace and love. God bless

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