Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”
Gina Rodriguez is keeping it ?. The actress just penned a piece for Variety that discusses the lack of Latino representation in media. She said the low visibility of Latinos in film and TV is so bad that it’s “heartbreaking and dehumanizing.”
In her article titled “‘The Fact That Latinos Are Not Seen on Screen Is Devastating,” Gina writes…
“It’s important we celebrate, employ and represent all Latinos from European to Afro-Latinos, because it is our responsibility as an industry to give this entire generation positive representation so that no one feels invisible.”
She went on to discuss how much Latinos contribute to the economy and are “prominent and loyal in the consumer market.”
“We still have a long journey ahead,” Gina writes. “This is not just my journey, this is the journey for every young Latino boy or girl who longs to see a version of his or herself on screen. I do see a change slowly happening and I work every day to be a part of that change.”
Gina’s been talking about Hollywood’s exclusivity for a while, including at the SAG Awards red-carpet.
"I mean, [Latinos and Latinas] do make 55 million plus in the country. No big deal. You should throw us in a movie or two. It would make sense. We do buy one in every four tickets, every single weekend, and make sure that your movies do well." pic.twitter.com/9kKCOIcVUs
— E! News (@enews) January 22, 2018
The “Jane the Virgin” star gave specific stats to millions of viewers about how Latinos consume media. And they’d consume more if they were represented in the arts. Figures for “Coco” at the Box Office is proof of that.
Gina’s celebrity pals LOVED her piece in Variety and gave her a shoutout on social media.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 25, 2018
Thank you @HereIsGina for speaking truth and saying what needs to be said. Latinos are virtually invisible on screen and behind the camera but we have meaningful and valuable contributions to make to the cultural narrative. We deserve visibility & opportunity. https://t.co/5FdKqvNmFN
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) January 25, 2018
Bravo!! Keep writing! ❤️ https://t.co/Ad5Lt9eV2M
— justin baldoni (@justinbaldoni) January 25, 2018
Gina is also making huge changes herself. While her Variety piece noted Latinos who have made big strides in Hollywood before her, including Silvio Horta, George Lopez, and Gloria Calderon Kellett, she belongs on that list as well.
She is a vital part to the movement of inclusiveness by producing two new shows for major networks.
She is producing a drama for CW and another show for CBS. Naturally she’ll make sure the shows have lots of diverse actors and crew.
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