“This piñata is harder to make because you have to mold it. I see it as a way of respecting and honoring her memory because she just died, and I’m aware that we use piñatas to beat them with sticks and break them, but I see it differently,” the piñata maker said. “It’s an art. It can be seen as a statue that you can have in your bedroom or a memory of her.”
Not everyone sees it as an art the way Martínez does. Rivera’s sister Rosie Rivera Flores took to Twitter to express her feelings about the piñatas.
“This is disrespectful to the children, parents, siblings and people who she loved that were left behind,” Rivera Flores wrote in response to a fan. “I need the address of the business that is doing this, can anyone help?”
Do you find this piñata offensive to Rivera’s legacy?