This Group Of Latino Comedians Couldn’t Stand By And Let The Oscars Snub Latinos Again
Room 28 is back at it again with a series of videos parodying this year’s Oscar-nominated films. After an abysmal year for diversity at the 2016 Oscars that relaunched the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy took notice and invited 683 new members, 46% of which are women and 41% people of color. Dope, right? Right! And it shows, with films like “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” nominated in the Best Film category, Barry Jenkins nominated for Directing and Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, Denzel Washington and Dev Patel nominated across all acting categories, Diverse representation at the Oscars is way up, and it’s definitely a move in the right direction.
The only issue? No Latinos. Not a single Latino was nominated in the top spots of acting or directing.
New York City-based sketch comedy team Room 28, comprised of Latino comedians and writers, realized this and got to work with the release of Pa Pa Land, a hilarious parody of “La La Land” while also throwing out a subtle nod to “West Side Story.”
Rita Moreno would be proud.
Room 28 also released a second Oscar parody video for “Hidden Figures.”
So that’s how they did it. It all makes sense now. ?