Film And TV Latino Dads That We Just Want To Hug Like Our Own

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Latino dads in film and television have given us tender and llegadores moments. In general, these men are torn between traditional Latin American gender roles (they have to be strong, impenetrable, the providers) and being vulnerable and, well, just human beings. This list includes characters from both Hollywood and Latin American entertainment industries. These characters have charmed us and made us think of our own dads, their struggles, dreams, and tribulations. 

Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) in “Jane the Virgin”
Type of papá: cursi but sweet

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He is silly on the outside, but on the inside, he is a nice man who wants to make up for lost time. When he finds out he has a daughter he immediately puts on the dad suit and becomes emotionally available for our Jane. 

Ignacio Suarez (Tony Plana) in “Ugly Betty”
Type of papá: preocupón and accepting

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Raising dos chamacos by himself hasn’t been easy, but he is supportive even though he worries way too much sometimes. Don’t all daddies do that, though?

Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) in “A Better Life”
Type of papá: heroic but tough

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The story of Carlos resonates with millions in the United States. He lives in the shadows due to his illegal status, but he does everything to provide for his teenage son. 

Miguel’s dad (Jaime Camil) in “Coco”
Type of papá: conservative but a sweetheart

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He is the epitome of the Latino dad: he wants his son to follow on his footsteps, but eventually gives in and understands that everyone has a life of their own and Miguel needs to follow his musical dreams. 

Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) in “Selena”
Type of papá: luchón and encouraging

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The patriarch of the Quintanilla clan is a true leader who wants to bring out the best in his offspring… even though peca de rudo at times. 

Raúl (Jorge Cervera, Jr.) in “Real Women Have Curves”
Type of papá: supporting

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This movie about a Chicana teen who wants to go to college is a gem. Her mom disapproves because she wants her to work and chip in with the house expenses. Her dad says ni madres, that girl is going to college. 

César Chávez (Michael Peña) in “Cesar Chavez”
Type of papá: idealistic and passionate

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The story of the Latino leader is a testament to the power of will. He knew what the best he can do for his children is creating overall better conditions for Latinos and that is what he does!

Cole Marquez in “Dora The Explorer”

Type of papá: amoroso

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Nothing like a cool dad that lets his daughter’s imagination run wild! 

Diego (Jesus Ochoa) in “Sangre de mi sangre”
Type of papá: brave enough to fight his own demons

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This unjustly underrated indie film tells the story of a migrant worker who is due to receive his son in Brooklyn… but his son’s identity is stolen by an impostor. Tough to watch but very rewarding. 

José Rivera (Johnny Laboriel) in “Carrusel”
Type of papá: Dignified

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It is not easy to be Afro-Mexican due to the still persisting racism that exists in some sectors in Mexico City. Cirilo’s dad was dignified and didn’t let discrimination impact his son’s identity. 

Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira) in the Mexican film “El violín”
Type of papá: political activist and idealistic 

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This low-key but moving indie film tells the story of Don Plutarco and his son, who are musicians but also guerrilla fighters. A story about how activism and the fight against injustice is passed on from generation to generation. 

Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) in “Instructions not Included” (No se aceptan devoluciones)
Type of papá: a bit clueless but very loving

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The ultimate movie about the daddy-daughter bond. After unexpectedly receiving a kid at his doorstep, this former ladies man makes fatherhood his way of life… until something threatens this everlasting bond. 

George Lopez as himself in “George Lopez Show”
Type of papá: chistoso, duh

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A sort of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for Latino audiences. Can you imagine having un papito that is so funny that he cannot even regañarte without making you laugh, mijo?

Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt) in “Modern Family”
Type of papá: desmadroso but a bit caring

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Just like in any culture, sadly there are many Latino absentee fathers and Manny’s is one of them. But, truth be told, he does step up when he needs to. We just wish he did more for his son. 

Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez) in “Six Feet Under”
Type of papá: hardworking 

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Rico is the perfect example of the family man who works his butt off to provide for his family. He is also available to his two sons, who seem to be a bit of a handful, dicho sea de paso!

César (César Costa) in “Papá Soltero”
Type of papá: incondicional 

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A single dad with three teenage kids… this show influenced a whole generation of Spanish-speaking audiences. César and his famous sweater collection became the epitome of the caring and often confused Latino dad. 

Don Ramón (Ramón Valdés) in “Chespirito”
Type of papá: fun, fun, fun

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The father of La Chilindrina in the show that made Mexican television influential the world over. Don Ramón is a cultural icon even today, due to his nutty sense of humor and his incorruptible fatherly love. 

José Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) in “My Family”
Type of papá: old-school

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An epic story directed by Gregory Nava about three generations of Mexican-American migrants. The patriarch travels to the U.S. in search of a better life and sets roots in el gabacho

Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina) in “Nothing Like the Holidays”
Type of papá: a bit clumsy

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Alfred Molina is super funny as a dad who is slowly but surely entering his golden years…. but will they be golden if his wife decides to leave?

Kraken (Ricardo Darín) in “XXY”
Type of papá: protective

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This Argentinian film tells the story of Alex, a person who was raised as a girl despite having both male and female sex organs. While everyone wants Alex to be “normal”, Kraken wants what is best for his child: uniqueness, being themselves. 

OK, this last one is actually awful but we had to include him. Ready? Luisito Rey (Óscar Jaenada) in “Luis Miguel: La Serie”
Type of papá: THE-WORST-DAD-EVER

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He has become a cult figure due to his overall awfulness. The things he does to his talented son. He has become a meme factory.

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21 Times Celebrities And Brands Were Called Out For Appropriating Latino Culture


21 Times Celebrities And Brands Were Called Out For Appropriating Latino Culture

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Cultural appropriation happens when a member of a powerful or hegemonic culture, such as Anglo-white culture, adapts elements of a less dominant culture (such as Latin American culture) to produce art or other forms of cultural expression. This is often seen as advantageous and borderline racist. Think of Katy Perry dressed as a Japanese geisha or Gwen Stefani using dresses with African themes.

The fact that appropriation is often used to make money without any benefit for the original creator is one of the problems. Another problem is that things that could be sacred can be used in banal and disrespectful ways.

Here are 21 examples of cultural appropriation. It is important to note that the intention doesn’t necessarily matter here: it is bad in any case. The individual might not be at fault, but the structures of power within society and the media, in general, are certainly to blame.

Excuse me, Marlon Brando looks nothing like Emiliano Zapata.

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Sounds almost como un chiste, right? But yeah, the very white-looking Brando once donned a mustache and wore brown face to play the Mexican revolutionary leader in Elia Kazan’s film “Viva Zapata!” 

What about that one time that Zara used indigenous patterns to mass-produced clothing? 

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Sometimes the line between being inspired by culture and appropriating it is very, very thin. Such is the case of Spanish giant Zara, which has been called out for getting a bit too much inspiration from Latin American indigenous women and their awesome work. 

Maria, I just…. wait a minute, Natalie Wood was not Puerto Rican, right? 

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The entire production of the Oscar-winning “West Side Story”was marred in controversy because most of the cast was not Latino at all. 

A Spanish dude writing about the “exotic” Mexican cartels? Why not?!

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“The Queen of the South” is perhaps the most famous novel about the Mexican drug cartels, and it has been adapted into a telenovela and an English-language show. Problem is that it was written by Spaniard Arturo Perez-Reverte, who makes some big uninformed claims about Mexican culture. 

Mel Gibson making an inaccurate movie about the ancient Maya? But of course.

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Mel Gibson must be one of the most controversial directors ever. In “Apocalypto,”he took a lot of creative liberties to recreate the ancient Mayan civilization. For one, the Mayans were not blood-thirsty savages as Gibson wants us to believe. 

When Madonna dared to play Evita, the most beloved Argentinian of all time. 

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The cinematic adaptation and Andre Lloyd Webber’s famous musical was controversial. The production team did travel to Buenos Aires and shot in government buildings, Madonna was great in this role, but some Argentinians never forgave this sacrilege.

Isabel Marant is a famous, rich designer. So why did she steal indigenous designs? 

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One of the most recent scandals involving cultural appropriation involved designer Isabel Marant, whose collection was “inspired” by the fashion of the indigenous Mixe women. Coincidence or colonial power? 

Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons as Chileans in “The House of the Spirits.”

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The beloved novel “La casa de los espíritus” by Isabel Allende was adapted with big A-listers in the cast. Why didn’t they hire local talent? No offense to queen Meryl, but she just doesn’t make the cut this time. 

Ashley Tisdale as a sexy catrina.

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The Day of the Dead is as popular as Halloween now, isn’t it? Well, catrinas are now a common costume in parties where people go crazy and drink to the supernatural. However, Day of the Dead is a religious and family tradition in its core. Not cool, Ashley, not cool.

Hilary Duff did the same in 2012!

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Yes, it seems like the catrina fashion is here to stay. It is important to note, however, that the Catrina is an important cultural trait for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

Steve Martin is a damn funny mariachi, though.

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Well, to be honest, this is borderline okay… Steve Martin plays an actor who ends up thinking he is playing a mariachi bandit when in fact it is the real thing. However, the way the film portrays Latin American culture and people is a bit over the top. 

When Beyonce decided to channel her inner Frida Kahlo.

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Beyonce is infamous for appropriating cultures as she pleases. She was recently bashed for dressing up in Bollywood. Here we can see her as the one and only Frida.

Katy Perry is really excited about her sombrero and ring pop.

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Katy Perry is often called out for using ethnic clothing in her shows. She has been a geisha, for example, for which she was hugely criticized. Here, the diva is unashamedly wearing a sombrero. 

Nomás no entiendes, Paris.

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The heiress not only dresses like a Mexican for fun, but she has also said denigratory comments against Mexicans even though her family’s hotel empire is in large part sustained by Mexican labor.

Miley, we know you got some spice…. but dressing up as an actual taco? No manches!

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We gotta admit that this Halloween costume is actually kinda funny, but also kinda insulting nevertheless. 

Melissa Rycroft knows how to dance, but should she tango?

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The “Dancing with the Stars”contestant totally got her fake Argentinian fired up.

Old El Paso ads.

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We could argue that Americanized Mexican food is cultural appropriation in itself. Old El Paso generally releases ads that fake Mexican settings, even though some feature the one and only Danny Trejo. 

Everyone involved in “The Mask of Zorro.”

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Seriously, Antonio Banderas can pass as Mexican, even if he has conquistador blood, but Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins? Give us a damn break!

Charlton Heston playing a Tijuana detective, Mike Vargas.

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Yes, “Touch of Evil”from 1958 is one of Orson Welles’ masterpieces, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that both the director and the lead actor Charlton Heston appropriated Mexican border culture by miscasting the lead character!

Sorry, “Nacho Libre”fans, the movie is a tad inappropriate.

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Really? Hollywood can make one lucha libre movie and they choose Jack Black as the lead? An expected disappointment.

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