“Cars 3” has opened in movie theaters across the country and Latinos cannot get enough of a new character called Cruz Ramirez. Without revealing any spoilers, Ramirez is the car tasked with helping Lightning McQueen train before McQueen races a rookie at the Florida 500. It’s clear that she is a major character in the movie based on sheer excitement of several Latinos on Twitter have expressed.
“Cars 3” is here and Latinos everywhere are absolutely loving Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez.
— Jessica (@JMARES_4143) June 20, 2017
Ramirez is more than just a side character. The Latina lead character is the coach and motivator to get Lightning McQueen up to snuff in order to take on a new car on the scene.
Families are gushing over how much they love seeing themselves represented in the movie.
— 🥀🌵 (@LicecitaBonita) June 21, 2017
This young Latina got excited about a car-centric movie that was “for boys.”
— sol (@Sol151309) June 24, 2017
Some kids are even asking their parents for Ramirez toys so they can play with cars, too.
— Julian H Garcia (@TheGeekCave_) June 25, 2017
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But it is more than just the character that is getting some serious virtual love right now.
— Gabriel Palacios (@gabrielpalacios) June 24, 2017
Fans are absolutely gushing over Cristela Alonzo and showering her with praise for bringing Ramirez to life.
The powerful representation brought many of the audiences to tears.
— Rebecca Lopez (@reb_lopez) June 23, 2017
Ramirez is quickly becoming the feminist heroine of the summer.
#CruzRamirez. they nailed the feeling of a woman in a man's world, and elevated it with the feeling of otherness that comes with being a
— danielle 🥀 (@hotguyhawkeye) June 23, 2017
Alonzo’s performance is being lauded as a portrayal of what life is like as a woman in a male-dominated field.
Some adults are taking their love of Ramirez a little too far and the little ones are feeling the pain.
— Melanie Aranda Tawil (@TXmaranda) June 23, 2017
Tbh, this would be me if I had a little one right now.
It seems like something so simple but a leading Latina in a cartoon movie about cars is really giving Latinos something to look up to.
— amy shields (@ashiehopefaith) June 19, 2017
You know, because representation in media matters and this kind of representation has been long anticipated.
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