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After A Routine Surgery, This Latina Woke Up With A British Accent

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“She can’t say ‘tamales.’”

It’s not unusual for people to try out their best fake British accent after a weekend marathon of “Downton Abbey.” Whether you’re reading Shakespeare aloud to your chums or describing a rash to your doctor, the accent is just so charming and fun. In the case of Texas native Lisa Alamia, however, you’ll be gobsmacked to know she’s spoken the Queen’s English for nearly six months, and not by choice.

After a routine jaw surgery, Alamia awoke and found that a British accent had replaced her lifelong Texas drawl. While she didn’t notice anything at first, it wasn’t until her family pointed out the curious change to her voice. A doctor (not named Who) diagnosed Lisa with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare condition that’s affected only about 100 people. Ever.

Foreign Accent Syndrome usually affects those who have had some form of head trauma. (No offense to anyone with a British accent.) But in the case of Alamia, no one really knows just what brought this on. Alamia’s neurologist, Dr. Toby Yaltho, said his examination found no brain injuries, no complications from surgery, and no signs of a stroke.

Alamia says if the accent sticks, she’s cool with it. Her husband told CNN his wife still has trouble pronouncing some words: “She can’t say ‘just kidding.’ She can’t say ‘normal.’ She can’t say ‘tamales.’” It looks like Alamia should turn lemons into lemonade and take her voice talents to Hollywood. We’d be excited to see her as the next mastermind Bond villain, or Orbit Gum spokesperson, or at least anything that isn’t just another stereotypical Latina role.

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Even After Death, Lupe Ontiveros Is Causing A Conversation About Hollywood Stereotypes


Even After Death, Lupe Ontiveros Is Causing A Conversation About Hollywood Stereotypes

It’s time to stop casting Latinas as hot-headed, sexy, maids.

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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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