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This Is The Star Wars Fan Behind The Viral Mexican “Rogue One” Message

Recently, the world has fallen in love with a viral message about one “Star Wars” fan’s touching moment with her father. In the message, the fan talks about her father finally seeing someone in a major American motion picture with a thick Mexican accent — just like his. The creator of the viral post is Perla Nation, a third-year Peace and Conflict studies student at University of California, Berkeley. mitú caught up with Nation and talked to her about the viral message and the inspiration behind it.

Here is the message that went viral thanks to “Rogue One” star Diego Luna.


“I took my father to see Rogue One today. I’ve wanted to take him for a while,” Nation wrote. “I wanted my Mexican father, with his thick Mexican accent, to experience what it was like to see a hero in a blockbuster film, speak the way he does. And although I wasn’t sure if it was going to resonate with him, I took him anyway.”

Perla Nation, the author of the tear-jerking post, says she was surprised at how fast it spread on social media.

Perla Nation / Facebook
CREDIT: Perla Nation / Facebook

“It was important to me and I never expected to get such an immense reaction,” Nation told mitú about posting the message on Tumblr. “When something is special to you, you want to remember it. This was my way of remembering a moment in which my dad felt proud to be a Mexican in America. By writing it down.”

For Nation, taking her father to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was about giving him a chance to see himself represented in media, like she did when she watched the female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot.

Courtesy of Perla Nation
CREDIT: Courtesy of Perla Nation

“When I saw Diego Luna on a late night television show speaking about keeping his Mexican accent, I immediately wanted to take my dad,” Nation told mitú. “I wanted him to have that experience I had, of feeling represented. There’s a power in that.”

But, more importantly, she wanted her father to have a chance to dream about new possibilities.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr
CREDIT: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr

“That night I saw my dad dream; he started talking about other Mexican actors he wanted to see in American blockbusters,” Nation recalled about her father’s reaction to seeing Luna with his accent. “We had never had that conversation before. At least not seriously. It was incredible.”

The one thing that Nation wants people to take from the message is a need for diversity.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr
CREDIT: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr

“I’d love for people reading this post to acknowledge the need for diversity in film. Not just behind the camera but in front of it,” Nation told mitú. “The chair of the Center for Latin America Studies [at UC Berkeley] Harley Shaiken always says that ‘art transcends borders’ and he couldn’t be more right. I’m glad “Rogue One” knew that it surely transcends outer space.”

“I don’t think I’ve received anything negative, not one message,” Nation said about the reaction her post has received.

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CREDIT: hermiunes / Tumblr

“The most common responses I get is, ‘I needed this,’ or ‘I’m crying,’ or ‘I’m now going to take my mom/dad,’” Nation adds.

Nation wants people to know that this is not about her. She is simply the messenger for her father.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr
CREDIT: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Lucasfilm / oscaricaas / Tumblr

“Someone on my Tumblr sent me a screencap of Diego’s tweet. It was brilliant,” Nation told mitú about all the attention the message it getting. “I was jumping up and down going, ‘DIEGO LUNA REBLOGGED MY POST! MY DAD IS FAMOUS!’ I immediately rang up my dad but he was in Tijuana, Mexico at the time and the call wasn’t going through properly. It’s really all about my dad for me, I wanted him to feel special and thanks to everyone’s response, most notably Diego Luna’s, he has.”

Like Nation wrote, “Representation matters.”

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CREDIT: forcewakens / Tumblr

Nation told mitú about what she wants Hollywood executives to realize: “I would tell them that our world is changing and then I’d invite them to be a part of it.”

BONUS: Check out Nation’s father’s response to his message going viral.


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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon is the latest celebrity to face consequences from blackface clips resurfacing. The talk show host and comedian is facing backlash after a clip of him on “Saturday Night Live” impersonating Chris Rock in blackface resurfaced.

A 20-year-old clip of Jimmy Fallon in blackface on “SNL” impersonating Chris Rock.

The clip is circulating on social media and has sparked a debate over cancel culture and blackface in our society. The comedian is the latest in a line of prominent people that have had to apologize for offensive images of them in blackface resurfacing. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fellow comedian Sarah Silverman have also apologized publicly for moments of blackface in their past.

Fallon owned up to the incident and tweeted an apology.

People have come to Fallon’s defense since the video has resurfaced. One of those people is Jaime Foxx.

“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn’t black face [sic],” Foxx commented on an E! News Instagram post. “We comedians, I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called ‘In Living Color’ we played every race. Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry … #changecourse.”

The revelation of Fallon in blackface brought a clip of Jimmy Kimmel in blackface to light.

Fallon fans are calling on social media to give Kimmel a similar treatment because of his own example of blackface for comedic appeal. Kimmel’s blackface incident hasn’t caused as big of a reaction as Fallon’s.

Social media users are in a fierce debate over what Fallon’s fate should be in the time of cancel culture.

Blackface has a long and documented history of oppression in the United States. The practice of blackface dates back to the 1830s in the U.S. and it later caught on in Britain. Blackface was usually used in minstrel shows that would play on stereotypes of Black people and helped in the proliferation of racism and prejudice.

Some people are trying to make whiteface a thing but Twitter users are not having it.

Critics are quick to differentiate blackface from whiteface because of their historical context. While blackface has a direct link to racism, slavery, and Jim Crow, whiteface is different according to critics. Whiteface does not build itself on racism, oppression, and racial segregation.

What do you think about the Jimmy Fallon blackface clip?

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Meet Manuel Mendoza, The Winner Of Netflix’s Cannabis Cooking Competition Show

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Netflix and Kelis teamed up to create a cooking competition show all about cannabis cooking. “Cooked with Cannabis” is giving cannabis chefs a chance to shine with some friendly competition and the ever-popular cannabis.

Kelis is here with a new kind of cooking competition show officially changing the game.

“Cooked with Cannabis” is elevating the use of cannabis in the kitchen. It is no longer something used by stoners and only stoners. “Cooked with Cannabis” makes cannabis a sophisticated and respectable ingredient in the kitchen. The show offers some insights as to the differences between different strains of pot that many of us just never understood.

The show has six episodes in the first season and there is a new cast of chefs every episode.

The premise of the show is three chefs battling it out for three judges to show what they can do with the cannabis they are given. The recipes look like culinary works of art and seem equally as appetizing. The winner of the episode is given $10,000 as a prize and that’s pretty grand.

One of the winners this season is Manuel Mendoza, a cannabis chef from Chicago.

Mendoza works for Herbal Notes, a Chicago-based cannabis collaborative project. According to the website, Herbal Notes hopes to destigmatize the practice of using cannabis in cooking by highlighting the medicinal properties of the natural ingredient. Herbal Notes is also trying to empower communities long vilified for their use of cannabis.

Mendoza won using the cannabis to create some deliciously relevant foods.

Mendoza won by giving the judges some pot leaf-shaped chilaquiles and marijuana-infused pupusas. The use of Mexican and Salvadoran foods not only highlights our community but also his own upbringing in Chicago as a Salvadoran kid. Mendoza is proud to say that he was raised by Pilsen, the famed Latino community in Chicago.

Congratulations, Mendoza. It is a victory well deserved.

Mendoza’s start in cannabis cooking came when he had a eureka moment with iced chocolate milk. The chef was fresh out of culinary school and was eager to try new things, including cannabis cooking. The cannabis cooking trend was just kicking off and he just wanted to play around. When he created that iced chocolate milk, Mendoza knew that he was on to something and the rest is his culinary career.

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