At a time when almost all the news about Puerto Rico in mainstream media is firmly focussed on the island's fiscal and economic woes , the deluge of negative headlines making the rounds on social media can feel overwhelming.
It is precisely in times like these  then, that satire can step in and play a vital role in helping to make sense of the news, or rather, the ways in which the news are often framed.
The Juice Media , a Facebook page which specializes in satire, created a video  about what it believes to be the root cause of many of Puerto Rico's troubles and disadvantages: US colonialism .
Widely shared on Facebook, its creators were encouraged to produce the clip after the success of a similar video about Hawai'i  in their “Honest Government Advert” series.
The video summarizes some of the ways the US government has historically exploited Puerto Rico, from using it as a bombing practice site for decades , to sterilizing  over a third of Puerto Rican women without their knowledge or consent  in the mid-twentieth century.
The cheery presenter in the clip begins:
Fortunately, however, few know about the real Puerto Rico, a Territory of the United States since 1898 when we seized it from the Spanish […] who in turn stole it from the Taino […] Which makes Puerto Ricans US citizens—well second-class citizens… [because] despite fighting in every one of our wars they still can’t vote for President and have no representation in Congress. In other words, US citizens who have f*-all say in the laws the US Government makes for them…
The video can be watched in full below: