The Very Official Meeting Of Latinx
September 19th, 2016
First point of discussion: Emmys, The
Listen, at the next Official Latinx Meeting, we're discussing how to sweep the Emmys by championing fellow Latinx / eating the gatekeepers.
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Alright, find your seats. There’s plenty of Malta and Jupiña for later.
OK, so the Emmys. What the fuck, guys? Like, what the actual fuck.
We’re all tired, I know, of feeling like we’re the only ones who discuss Latinx representation, and the lack thereof, in Hollywood and across media in general. We’ve been bringing it up since our meetings in… let me see here… 1932, before we were even calling out gathering The Very Official Meetings of Latinx.
So let’s change tactics. Let’s create an actual, actionable plan on how to tackle this shit.
Search & employ.
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It’s not enough for everyone, from an executive to a casting director, to simply say “we couldn’t find” Latinx. You’re not looking hard enough, then. Look harder. Ask around. Make the effort. Look at how SNL hired Latinx talent (both in front of and behind the camera) from within Broadway Video’s Latinx-focused site, Más Mejor.
Pass the mic.
Of course, it’s not enough to simply have Latinx around (this is the difference between diversity and inclusion.) Don’t leave it to non-Latinx to speak on behalf of Latinx when there’s the opportunity to pass the mic along to people who can speak genuinely about their own experiences, from the writers’ room outward.
Hold the door open.
It is truly up to Latinx to champion their fellow Latinx. Time has proven that we can’t rely on others to do it for us. Leave the door open behind you so that others may enter.
Take a two-prong approach to representation.
It is important to hire and cast Latinx to tell specifically Latinx stories (like “East Los High“), as well as to allow Latinx to simply exist as people within the worlds created in television and movies (like Santiago and Rosa in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine“).
Vote with your money.
Latinx over-index pretty much across the board when it comes to media consumption. Which means we’re spending a ton of money on this stuff. Which means we’re paying for content that continues to represent us 1) barely and 2) stereotypically. Think about the projects and ideas you want to fund with your hard-earned cash, both when it comes to Hollywood blockbusters and crowd-sourced indie projects.
These are by no means mandates or the only means we have of making a difference, but it’s a start. And with that, this meeting is adjourned. Please meet us for hot dogs on white bread out on the patio. Thank you.