13 Celebrities Who Should Be Named Honorary Latinx
Given the current social and political climate in the United States and overseas, Latinos and other people of color are one of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to discriminatory practices. Even though Latinos make amazing and significant contributions to the cultural, social and economic growth of the developed countries to which they migrate, popular culture and mainstream media (and certain carrot-colored politician) often frame us as free-loaders or dangerous bad hombres and mujeres.
That is why celebrities who speak up for amazing but misunderstood groups could be honorary latinxs! Women and men who use their fame to defend the voiceless and be proud representatives of their own are Latino at heart (fiery and unapologetic!) Here’s 13 non-Latino celebs who could very well be one of ours!
Viva mi gente!
1. Lady Gaga
The amazing singer has built a career going against beauty and gender stereotypes, and has been a strong advocate for queer rights. She wears her Italian heritage proudly and is a testament of how perseverance can take you places. Please give her an Oscar!
Latina name: La Diva
We chose a plain and simple Latino name for her: La Diva. It encapsulates her sophisticated persona.
2. Ellen Page
When she came out as queer a few years ago she did so in a proud manner: no apologies, no drama, just being who she is. She has since been a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, a true warrior of her people. She is also a fierce supporter of environmental campaigns.
Latina name: Elena Parra
A dignified name that doesn’t go too over the top, but still has a lot of dignity and cache to it. She just shines and is great with children, she would make a wonderful Latino tía.
3. Mark Ruffalo
When he is not busy being The Hulk, this actor is a fierce supporter of left-wing politics. He speaks out against injustice and racism and is a fierce advocate of migrant rights.
Latino name: Marcos Romo
Chances are that Ruffalo will run for office someday…. “Vote por Marcos Romo” has a nice ring to it. He sort of looks like one of ours as well. He also seems to be the best carnalito ever to his friends (see above with Mr Danny DeVito).
4. George Takei
The Japanese-American actor is a celebrity due to his role in Star Trek. He is one of the first celebrities to have come out as gay and is always speaking out against racism and all sorts of discrimination.
Latino name: Jorge Tapia
Dignified, proud…. George Takei would be an ideal cool uncle in any Latino family, and if he was Latino he would surely be super active in defending our rights.
5. Kal Penn
This American actor of Indian heritage is one of the coolest dudes in Hollywood. He knows that he is the product of immigration and as such defends people who try to find a better life. He would be a great advocate for Latino rights!
Latino name: Carlos Peña
Simple, proud and very, very Latino.
6. George Clooney
Clooney has long used his fame and money to fight for those who are underprivileged or at risk. When South Sudanese families were being killed he hired a satellite to evidence war crimes being perpetrated. When Katrina hit, he was there to help. Rumor about him running for office have existed for years… they might come true sometime. Clooney and his wife Amal recently donated 100k to migrant children separated from their families.
Latino name: Jorge Casamayor
Of course this silver fox would have a telenovela sounding name. Jorge Casamayor sounds like an perennial bachelor who likes to give.
7. The Rock
This former wrestler and now actor and activist is a cool dad, a fierce advocate for minority rights and might very well run for office one day. He is a proud representative of people of color worldwide. And, to be honest, can you imagine a group of racists standing up to him? Represent.
Latino name: Rocas
Rocas is such a strong, short moniker. Vota por Rocas! has a good ring to it, eh, mi gente?
8. Ashley Judd
Salma Hayek’s BFF is a rare voice in Hollywood. She actively voices his disgust for gender discrimination and has been a vocal activist of the #metoo era. She has openly accused top Hollywood executives of undermining her career prospects for not giving in to their gross requests.
Latina name: Araceli Jimenez
Ashley is a beautiful, quite distinctive name, so we will call this Honorary Latina “Araceli”. Feminine, yet strong.
Cher has become a symbol of cultural resistance against conservatism and animal cruelty. She is also fully aware of the many tribulations faced by millions of Americans. She recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair: “People are Hurting in Major Ways in My Country”. All hail La Reina!
Latina name: Reina
Cher is a queen, una Reina, and her Honorary Latina name has to reflect that. We can totally picture her rocking with Shakira.
10. Bruce Springsteen
The Boss is a true representative of the real American Dream: a working-class hero who speaks out against injustice and tells the stories of ordinary citizens through his songs. He has recently denounced family separation policies as “inhumane”. He even went off-script in a recent concert to become politically vocal against the Trump administration’s recent immigration decisions.
Latino name: El Jefe
Just a literal translation of his stage name will do. El Jefe is a true American Honorary Latino.
11. Leonardo DiCaprio
The Oscar winner (we thought we would never say that!) has shot some of his most important films in Latin America (Romeo and Juliet and Titanic in Mexico, The Revenant in Argentina), where he has charmed his way into the hearts of thousands. He is also an activist in matters of animal rights, and recently visited Mexico to advocate for the protection of sea cows or vaquitas marinas.
Latino name: Leo Díaz
Sounds like a superhero’s name eh? And yes, Leo is a superhero for thousands of animals and humans.
12. Ellen DeGeneres.
Credit: Instagram. @TheEllenShow
She was one of the first mainstream gay women to come out. Through her show she empowers women of all walks of life. Like many A-listers, she has publicly denounces family separation policies that have affected many Latino families.
Latina name: Elena De la Huerta
Ellen has a dignified air about her, and this telenovelaesque and glamorous Latino name would suit her just fine. We are sure her wife Portia would love it as well.
13. Bernie Sanders
The longstanding senator had a famous unsuccessful run for the presidency, but the world got to know his views on politics and history. He has publicly stated his views on US intervention in Latin American politics, questioning the role that foreign policy had in determining the fate of countries like Nicaragua and Chile. We are all for that. He sort of reminds us of Latino rights advocates of the past.
Latino name: Bernardo Sanabria
It’s no secret that one of the reasons Bernie didn’t get the Democratic nomination was his perceived old age. A name like Don Bernardo Sanabria sure leads us to think of a dignified and wise old man.