How Celebs Shut Down Being Told They’re ‘Not Latina Enough’
Even the rich and famous get sh*t for not speaking Spanish perfectly, but these ladies slay the haters with their responses. They’re so good, you might want to keep one in your back pocket.
Gina Rodriguez knows you don’t have to speak Spanish to be “Latina enough.”
“It’s like anybody turning to you and being ‘You ain’t human enough, you ain’t pretty enough, you ain’t tall enough, you ain’t big enough,’” Rodriguez told HuffPo. “What do you mean I’m not enough? No, I am enough. I am fully enough. And you’re enough.”
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Rosario Dawson argues that being Latina is more than a language or cooking; it’s about heritage. Duh!
“I think being Latina is about having pride in your heritage,” Dawson told Latina Magazine. “Although I am not a fluent Spanish speaker and I can’t make every dish without a recipe, I am 100 percent Boricua and I am proud of that.”
We can all learn from America Ferrera who pointed out that it is all about how you are raised.
“There’s this tug-of-war between two cultures. Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I?” Ferrera told Contact Music. “I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture. I want to learn so much about where my family is from and my roots and to know Spanish. But when you’ve lived your entire life in American schools, you don’t get that.”
Jennifer Lopez set the record straight when she was filming and promoting Selena.
“Another controversy came up in the Latin press about the fact that I didn’t speak very good Spanish – which Selena didn’t either,” Lopez told Latina Magazine.
Some people, like Eva Longoria, are discouraged to learn Spanish if they want to fit in.
“America is the only country that promotes monolingualism,” Longoria told Bustle. “Here it’s English, English, English. Every other country makes their children learn a second language very early on. So as my political and social activism grew, I was like, ‘I really need to learn Spanish.’ So I did.”
And a lot of us relate more to Jessica Alba who doesn’t get the big deal if someone doesn’t speak Spanish.
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“No one gives Cameron Diaz a hard time for not speaking Spanish,” Alba told Latina Magazine. “Her dad’s Cuban, and I was telling her I feel so bad because everyone is so nasty to me for not speaking Spanish.”
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And then you know Demi Lovato had to step up and represent all Latinas.
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“Even though I don’t speak fluent Spanish, I love singing in Spanish,” Lovato told HuffPo. “I love being able to represent the curvy sassiness of a Latina woman. It’s just a part of who I am, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent that.”