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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

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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

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We chose a plain and simple Latino name for her: La Diva. It encapsulates her sophisticated persona.

2. Ellen Page

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Simple, proud and very, very Latino.

6. George Clooney

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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

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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

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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

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Rocas is such a strong, short moniker. Vota por Rocas! has a good ring to it, eh, mi gente?

8. Ashley Judd

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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

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Ashley is a beautiful, quite distinctive name, so we will call this Honorary Latina “Araceli”. Feminine, yet strong.

9. Cher

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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

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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

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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

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Just a literal translation of his stage name will do. El Jefe is a true American Honorary Latino.

11.  Leonardo DiCaprio

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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

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Sounds like a superhero’s name eh? And yes, Leo is a superhero for thousands of animals and humans.

12. Ellen DeGeneres.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Here's How To Support California Farmworkers On Thanksgiving As They Continue To Work Through Bad Air Conditions

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Here’s How To Support California Farmworkers On Thanksgiving As They Continue To Work Through Bad Air Conditions

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The wildfires in California have ravaged the state. An estimated 699 people remain missing, and so far 79 people have died. The fires are not yet contained. In Southern California, as of today, the Woolsey Fire that affected parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties is 96 percent contained. In Northern California, the Camp Fire, which is where more than 60 people died, is as of now, 70 percent contained.

The California wildfires have led to the worst air quality in the world affecting millions of people.

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The fires started between November 8 and 12. Farmworkers in the state have had no other choice but to continue working. Despite the unhealthy air conditions photos have circulated on social media of farmworkers harvesting produce as the smoky air lingers above them.

The United Farmworkers (UFW) has said that some farmworkers, that are protected by their union, have been told not to work because operations have shut down due to unhealthy air quality.

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“Some companies where farmworkers are protected by United Farm Workers contracts and that are affected by both the Camp and Woolsey fires have shut down operations when air quality got especially hazardous,” UFW said on Facebook.

However, because not all are protected under UFW, people have been helping out by distributing face masks to workers.

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“We set a time to meet once we started seeing the sky. The air was getting worse and worse,” Aracely Preciado, from the organization Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), told Pacific Standard magazine. “We sent out a call on social media, and students and other community members began showing up.”

A 22-year-old teacher also took it upon herself to pass out masks in Lodi, California.

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“I don’t have the emotional capacity to go into detail about this just yet because I just got home and feel really tired, but today I spent my day in Lodi just 1 1/2 hrs away from San Jose to hand out masks to farmworkers in rural communities,” Paulina Cortes said, according to KTVU anchor Frank Somerville. “Find a way to give to a community who needs help. Thank you to everyone who is supporting me through donations. I drove through San Jose and all the way to Salinas to find the amount of masks I needed. This is important. The story here isn’t that I handed out masks, it’s that there are hundreds of people who are working in HAZARDOUS environments with NO protection. And no one even knows about it.”

Now that Thanksgiving is here, farmworkers need help and support more than ever.

As we figure out grocery lists and what to serve on Thanksgiving, UFW recommends purchasing from a selective group of goods in order to best support farmworkers.

It’s important to note that, according to the Washington Post, there’s 2 million to 3 million farmworkers in the country, but the UFW only represents 10,000 people.

Certain produce companies give UFW union members good worker benefits.

Celebrate the Holidays with UFW union products! The holiday season is about to start and that often means meals with…

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Not all farmworkers have protections. The more people purchase from a select group of companies, the more inclined they will be to give back to their employees. They’ve made it really easy to know which companies to support. Click here for more information.

A group of school children have also reached out to farmworkers just to say “thank you for your hard work.”

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UFW reports that elementary kids from Oregon and Washington made Thanksgiving cards to let their local farm workers “know how much they appreciate the hard work they put into producing the food that we will be enjoying this Thanksgiving!”

So if you can’t pass out masks or send out Thanksgiving thank you cards, here’s other options for you.

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To help the UFW and their union members, click here.

For more information on the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice and support the work they do, click here.

To educate yourself about the National Center for Farmworker Health, click here.

This Thanksgiving as we partake on amazing foods, let’s take time to reflect on where the food is coming from because who knows how much longer farmworkers will be around.


READ: Latino Businessman Allegedly Had Mexican Farmworkers Living in Buses And Paid Them Less Than What He Promised

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