Spanish-born flamenco guitarist Charo has been captivating the world with her brilliant skills on the guitar and quirky persona for decades. For those of us in the Latinx community, however, she has long stood as an icon we hold dear and even as our own. The entertainer — born María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza — is more than an act of yesteryear, but rather a representation of what it means to be a woman that keeps up with the hustle. From appearing on countless of talk shows, to acting on the big and small screen, Charo’s career is an endless inspiration to ambitious Spanish speakers and Latinas alike, which is why when confusion about whether she was alive or dead sent many Latinas on Twitter into a massive search online that just about broke the internet.
That is all to say that despite years of making appearances on talk and variety shows, Charo’s most recent mention on The View sparked a particular roller coaster of emotion.
During last Friday’s episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg mentioned Charo in a way that sent Twitter into a frenzy.
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In a moment meant to recognize the deaths of influential celebrities and artists in entertainment that had passed away that week, “The View” host Whoopie Goldberg mentioned the death of actress Kim Porter and screenwriter William Goldman. She also mentioned guitar virtuoso Roy Clark who passed away on Nov. 15. It’s important to note, that at the top of the segment, Goldberg said she was mentioning three people of note, so the conversation would have normally ended there but instead, she went onto mention Charo. “She was known for being sort of a crazy blonde who was a guitar virtuoso,” Goldberg said. “That was what she was known for.”
It didn’t take long for viewers to quickly pick up on the host’s mention of Charo in the past tense.
I thought so.. ???? Whoopi said 3 people then she added Charo. ????????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/aPuVXhok0D
— Luz Maria???? ???? ???? (@clantaino) November 16, 2018
Cue everyone Googling the life out of Charo’s name.
Wikipedia HQ must have been on fire trying to confirm this.
Did @WhoopiGoldberg announce Charo’s death before Wiki updated her bio or did Whoopi kill off Charo prematurely? Whoops!@TheView
— Dish Central by C.J. (@DishCentral) November 16, 2018
Like if Wikipedia doesn’t say Charo is dead, then it cannot be true. Can it?
People on social media quickly realized that Charo was very much alive, even though Whoopie oddly brought up her name.
Whoopie had me thinking that Charo died. lol #theview
— ???????????????????????? (@gidero1) November 16, 2018
Seems like Whoopi must have been on a Charo Spotify kick of some sort before the show and just wanted to bring her up?
But seriously, careful of those tenses girl.
— Amy Malkoff (@amalkoff) November 16, 2018
We also Googled “Charo and Roy Clark” just to see why Whoopi would link these two guitar players and the only thing we could find was a picture of the two together at some party. Clark may have been a writer of one of Charo’s signature songs??
Fortunately Charo herself confirmed for the world she was alive and well.
— Charo Cuchi Cuchi (@CharoCuchiCuchi) November 17, 2018
Which TBH is a big relief since we’re still crossing our fingers hoping she’ll make another “Jane The Virgin” appearance this season.
And BTW not only is she alive, but she’s still doing the Cuchi Cuchi dance!
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I was shopping in Rodeo drive and @tmz_tv @tmz.tour saw me and I’m glad because it’s a good opportunity to let you and my friend @whoopigoldberg obviously make mistakes that I kicked the bucket . I’m kicking and AlIve!!! As you can see P.S I love you All @theviewabc Thank you for concern Love and CuchiCuchi #whoopiegoldberg #theVeiw #Abc #tmz #Charo #cuchicuchi #beverlyhills #tmztour #lasvegas #Spain #Italy #paris #mexico #hollywood #nationalenquirer
Because who could ever replace this woman?!