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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.


READ: One Lucky Chicago Couple’s Engagement Went Viral Thanks To An Unexpected Star

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Um Hi, Armie Hammer Dropped Out Of A JLO Movie After Leaked Texts Claimed He’s Into Being A Cannibal And Is 2021 Over Yet?

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Yes, welcome to 2021. A year whose heels only just hit the ground when Republican extremists terrorized the Capitol building leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment… And oh yeah saw actor Armie Hammer being accused of liking cannibalism. Yes, we said it cannibalism, ya know, an appetite for eating your own kind?

Gossip surrounding the Call Me By Your Name actor and his sex life has become so salacious that the actor announced that he was stepping back from an upcoming movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Armie Hammer announced this week that he will no longer star in the upcoming movie, Shotgun Wedding alongside Jennifer Lopez.

The brewing scandal involving Hammer includes alleged leaked messages related to his sex life.

The leaked messages alleged that Hammer has a thing for fantasies related to rape and cannibalism and was leaked by an anonymous social media account user with the name House of Effie. According to the account, Hammer told a woman that he was “100 percent a cannibal.” Another message suggested that Hammer liked the taste of blood.

“I’m not responding to these bulls–t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Hammer said in a statement to Page Six. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Still, the show will go on for Lopez who will star in the film being directed by “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore.

The film will be distributed in the US by Lionsgate and will stream internationally on Amazon Prime. According to Deadline, Shotgun Wedding was meant to see Lopez and Hammer “play a couple who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as they begin to get cold feet about their relationship. If that wasn’t enough of a threat to the celebration, suddenly everyone’s lives are in danger when the entire party is taken, hostage.”

Despite the unconfirmed gossip around him, Hammer still has upcoming projects. These include the thriller, “The Billion Dollar Spy,” and a sequel to the 2017 hit “Call Me By Your Name” in which he played Oliver, a handsome doctoral student.

Its not the first time gossip around Hammer’s love life has caused a stir. In a 2013, Playboy interview Hammer described himself as a “dominant lover” and enjoyed “grabbing women by the neck and hair.”

He later told E! News of the candid Playboy interview, “Don’t drink during an interview.”

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Throughout her career as an actress and producer, Issa Rae has established herself as a woman with great entrepreneurial mindsets. Focused on telling stories about real women Rae has garnered attention for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl” and contributed to the expansion of content created by people of color. Because of her, the television sphere has become a whole heck of a lot more colorful and no doubt more WOC are receiving more approval and acclaim for their work.

Her HBO television series “Insecure” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and in 2015 her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl became a New York Times best-seller. Now, Rae is bringing her experience and viewpoint to the Television Academy.

Recently, The Television Academy revealed that Rae is now a member of the Executive Committee.

Her appointment to the Television Academy comes at a time when the organization is refocusing its attention on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry. While an increase in representation of actors of color has occurred in recent years, diversity among television executives has remained lackluster. In 20202, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report revealed that “women hold only 32.0% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8.0%.”

In a statement about her new role the Academy explained “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the collective expertise of this talented group of Television innovators as we navigate this extraordinary time in the history of our industry… Their leadership provides invaluable insight that will allow the Academy to play an integral role in shaping the evolution of the medium.”

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett also joins the ranks of Television Academy executives.

Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress who served as the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” According to the Emmy website, Calderón Kellett “spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother; has directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall, and the Mad About You revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We Were There Too.”

News of Rae’s new role as an executive is proving to be just another milestone of accomplishment for the actress. In October, Rae revealed that she was launching a new production company called Hoorae.

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