A blend of cultures in Tijuana

“Forgive my mom for the crazy life I chose,” comments Jocelin Valencia on Breakbot’s newest music video. The video by French director Simon Cahn was uploaded on January 20th, and in less than two weeks it already had over 200,000 views. Jocelin, a 20 year old Tijuana local, also known as her artistic name Dear, is the star of the video:

“In reality, I am not a Lolita,” I met Jocelin at Otaku Anime Cafe, a Japanese cafe with Nyan cat painted on the wall and books of manga sit on every table.

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“I am a super fan of Japanese culture, art, anime, or manga, but not a Lolita. My friend Tony Tee contacted me and asked me to gather the Lolitas in town and told me I should audition. The director asked me to pretend slap him several times, and that’s how I got the lead part.”

The video starts with Jocelin dressing up in Lolita fashion as Breakbot plays on the television. Her mother (an actress, not her real mom) shuts down the tv and tells her she needs to take her little brother to school (again, actor, not real brother).

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The video is subtitled in Japanese. Music resumes as Jocelin, dressed as a Lolita, walks her brother up and down the hills of Tijuana, the scenery contrasting with the Japanese fashion.

“I think first you find an online community,” Jocelin tells me how Japan aficionados get together in Tijuana. “Once you know people online, you meet up in places like here (Otaku Cafe), Plaza de la Tecnología, and other places around the city. Those that can cross to the other side (USA), go to ComicCon together.

My dad actually is married to a Japanese woman. I have two half-brothers that are half Mexican and half Japanese.”

Japanese culture is popular all over the world, but Mexico has a fascinating connection with it. Many 90s kids grew up watching classic Japanese animes that were broadcast on public television (channel 5), like Caballeros del Zodiaco (Saint Seiya), Super Campeones (Captain Tsubasa), and Dragon Ball. 

Innocence stops when Jocelin drops off her brother, she lights up a cigarette and waves flirtatiously at boys.

The scene changes to an impromptu party at Parque Teniente, drinking cheap mixed drinks out of a soda bottle with the Lolita community. A fight breaks loose when Jocelin spots a girl wearing a Breakbot shirt and calls her a poser. Jocelin runs off with friends and jumps in the back of a truck.

“They sent French producers,” Jocelin never met or interacted with Breakbot, just with the filming crew. “They were interested in the Lolitas in Tijuana and the city in general.”

“It was a tough shoot,” this was Jocelin’s debut as an actress.

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“We worked from 4 am to 8 pm for two days straight. I thought the video was going to be longer. Like there is a scene where I spit at the guy while riding the back of the truck. We shot that like 10 times, and the scene lasts like a second.”

The scene she is referring to happens at 2:04 right as they drive in front of the Rape Trump graffiti. Before that, they show them smoking a joint while the sun sets in Playas and Jocelin fires a gun. It continues to escalate as they enter a club with rave music. 

“Chinga tu madre,” she screams.

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Cut scene, Jocelin on the dancefloor looking messed up, the driver of the truck tries to kiss her, she slaps him and gets kicked out. It’s dawn and she stumbles down the beach, reaching an abandoned construction project in the outskirts of town. She floats in ecstasy over the neighborhood.

“People don’t get that I was just acting,” Jocelin comments on negative reactions from commenters. “I mean, I do like to party and have fun. But I don’t go completely wild like on the video. The party scene in Tijuana has been important, but more than anything is a cliché that has been propagated in the history of the city.

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