Even After Death, Lupe Ontiveros Is Causing A Conversation About Hollywood Stereotypes
It’s time to stop casting Latinas as hot-headed, sexy, maids.
Posted by ATTN: on Saturday, July 2, 2016
Seriously, Hollywood. Enough is enough!
The late Lupe Ontiveros, who many of us recognize as Yolanda Saldivar from “Selena,” was cast as a maid more than 150 times during her acting career. Sadly, it seems that Hollywood is STILL not willing to let go of the stereotypical casting process that pigeonholes Latinos into “Latino” roles, especially when it comes to women. Rather than being doctors or lawyers, Latinas are more often being cast as hyper-sexual women that have some serious attitude. That is, if they aren’t cast as maids first.
Like, we get it already. Hollywood thinks that all Latinas are fiery, angry, ready to jump in bed at any minute and great at cleaning a house. Finally, though, Latina actors are speaking out. From Gina Rodriguez to Eva Longoria, Latinas in Hollywood are saying they’ve had enough. Enough of being overly sexualized. Enough with the strong accents. Enough! And, quite frankly, it’s about damn time. There’s a revolution happening, and it involves well-spoken, smartly conceived Latina characters that have more going for them than their bodies.
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