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Jaime Camil Blames Award Shows For Perpetuating The Lack Of Latino Representation By Not Including Latinos

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Actor Jaime Camil sounded off about his feelings towards the lack of Latino representation in Hollywood, and he’s not a fan. The Mexican-born actor followed the lead of his “Jane the Virgin” character Rogelio de la Vega and let out just how angry he is that Hollywood and the entertainment industry continues to exclude Latinos.

Recently, Camil was a guest on Slate’s podcast “Represent.” He didn’t hold back. Camil shared his candid thoughts about Hollywood and what he thinks the Latino community can learn from the African-American community about a united front.

Jaime Camil started the conversation strong calling out the award shows for their lack of Latino nominees.

“I think this ‘minority,’ quote-unquote, is the economic engine of this country, basically. It’s ridiculous right now … Gina Rodriguez and everybody at the show, we were outraged about the fact that SAG-AFTRA and other award shows didn’t nominate one single Latino in their shows,” Camil told the podcast host Aisha Harris. “It is not that we want to get an award for free, like, ‘Oh, the poor Latinos, throw them a little bone. Throw them a little award just for them not to feel ignored.’ No, no, no. F*ck you. It’s not about that.”

His sentiment was because he believes Gina Rodriguez deserves more recognition than she has been getting.

“Do you think Gina Rodriguez doesn’t deserve a nomination? I mean, she won the Golden Globe, for the love of God,” Camil told Harris. “Do you think she should not be nominated for a SAG-AFTRA award or for a Critics’ Choice or whatever? It’s ridiculous … I mean, ‘Modern Family’, again, for the 12th year, same nominations? Really? Can’t we move on? Can we look to the other amazing shows that are being created, like ‘One Day at a Time’ with Justina Machado?”

Camil doesn’t totally blame award show members and studio execs for the lack of representation, though.

“Also, the other problem we have with the Latin American communities is that we don’t come together as one, and this doesn’t happen with the African-American community. They really support each other immensely, and unfortunately, the Latin American community doesn’t support each other,” Camil told Harris. “They draw lines between Colombians, Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, or Ecuadorians, Mexicans, and that’s wrong. We should be united more.”

And Jaime broke down the unrealistic way Hollywood handles the Latino market and where they can do better in his opinion.

“You shouldn’t [have to] watch Univision or Telemundo or speak the language to know who to cast in your next project if you want to hit or tap into the Latino market. It’s very easy. You just ask your people to give you the statistics of the last shows that aired on Univision or Telemundo and the ratings they have,” Camil told Harris. “You will see that they beat every single mainstream network. Right? Then out of these seven shows or whatever, you will have 15 or 20 actors that already are household names within the Latino community, with the 50 million Latinos living in this country, so just you see who of them know how to act and which of them don’t act like this. Then those guys, you ask if they speak English or not.”

Listen to the entire interview below…


READ: Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”

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Hospital Officials At This Oregon Hospital Just Changed Their Policy To Help Undocumented Patients

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Hospital Officials At This Oregon Hospital Just Changed Their Policy To Help Undocumented Patients

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Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) officials have reversed a policy that barred undocumented immigrants from getting transplants. The decision was made after an undocumented Oregon mother of four was denied a life-saving liver transplant because she is undocumented. Silvia Lesama-Santos is 46 and is covered under her husbands health insurance but a letter from OHSU stated that she was ineligible for a liver transplant because she didn’t have a lawful presence in the U.S., according to The Oregonian.

The American Civil Liberties Union started a petition to pressure OHSU to reconsider their decision and it seems to have worked. According to a press release from OHSU, the hospital has eliminated the the policy that was blocking Lesama-Santos from getting her liver transplant.

“It was brought to our attention this evening that an archaic transplant policy was preventing an undocumented individual from being evaluated at OHSU. Upon learning of the policy, OHSU leaders acted immediately and terminated the policy. We deeply regret the pain this has caused the family,” states the press release. “OHSU is committed to serving our entire community — all are welcome at OHSU, and this policy does not reflect our values.”

Officials at the Oregon hospital have issued states of apology to the family and the undocumented community that has been impacted by the policy. Some have expressed regret that the policy hadn’t been changed sooner.

“Being undocumented, per se, should not have stopped that and that was the policy that was changed,” Dr. Willscott Naugler, the medical director for the liver transplant program at OHSU, told The Oregonian. “I think we are with some egg on our face understanding that there was a confusion being undocumented and having no insurance.”

(H/T: The Oregonian)

READ: An Undocumented Man Was Denied A Lifesaving Heart Transplant Because Of His Status

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