Mexican boy adjusts to fame

CNC
Added On January 17, 2018

The young Mexican boy, Yuawi Lopez, shot to fame around the world after starring in a commercial video for a political campaign.
 
The video changed his life.  
 
To see how, CNC caught up with him in Jerez, Mexico.
 
Yuawi is an indigenous boy from the Wirrarika tribal group. His name means 'Blue like the Sky'. 
 
He was an every day primary school pupil until he starred in a commercial for a Mexican political campaign around a year ago. The video quickly became a viral hit, spreading around the world. 
 
Social media may have made him famous, but he says it also had a role in tearing the family apart.
 
SOUNDBITE 1 (SPANISH): YUAWI LOPEZ, Wirrarika singer
"My mom left me three years ago...because she wanted to live her life. We used to be happy. But she left me."
 
Today, Yuawi lives a quiet life with his father in Jerez.
 
SOUNDBITE 2 (SPANISH): JOSE LOPEZ, Yuawi's father
"I am now both mom and dad to him. And I am dedicated to my son, to teach him all what I know.  But I don't tell him things about his mom. Because frankly speaking, I don't know how to do it.  Things I do teach him are like...you're a kid, you have to study, prepare yourself. And I've taught him that he has to earn his way."
 
For all the hits, the video also sparked outrage online. Some criticized the use of a young indigenous child for election purposes.
 
But Jose defends Yuawi's right to not only earn a living, but also be a spokesperson for a culture nearly forgotten in the modern world.
 
SOUNDBITE 3 (SPANISH): JOSE LOPEZ, Yuawi's father
"I don't see it as an exploitation. It's actually an opportunity for him because that it lets people know about us."
 
Yuawi's commercial inspired a number of Warririka people. Many say they have taken him to heart.
 
男同期4 SOUNDBITE 4 (SPANISH): ISEL LOPEZ, Wirrarika singer
"We're very proud of Yuawi. This kid is representing a bit of our people's traditions."
 
Yuawi's video has since helped displaced indigenous people get government credit to buy a home in Zacatecas.
 
SOUNDBITE 5 (SPANISH): FERNANDO UC JACOBO, Mayor of Jerez 
"They've created conditions so that indigenous people can have access to get a type of house which they can afford."
 
For now, little Blue Sky continues his quiet life, studying in a rural primary school. However he has one eye locked on the future.
 
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) YUAWI LOPEZ, Wirrarika singer
"With 'Movimiento Naranja' and all that, It's been a year, and I'm going to be free, but I'm going to continue working on stages, and not in politics."