Let’s Make the Media Feistier

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By having more of a variety, and essentially, a larger portrayal in general of the hispanic and latino profiles. Yes I used a stereotype in my title, but most stereotypes stem from a truth of some sort or another, and I like the feisty correlating temperament fixation. My eyes as of lately however have converted to a more criticizing perspective thanks to my Race, Gender and the Media class. I never noticed the lack of my own Hispanic Mexican American female portrayal in television, movies, music, books and other media until now.

When I think of a Latina female in the media, especially as of lately, the first image that pops into my head is Sofia Vergara’s character of Gloria in Modern Family and George Lopez’s female characters on his TV show. Gloria from the Modern Family is loud, stubborn, passionate, feisty, sexy, and family oriented, some common stereotypes of the Latina woman. The same can be said about George Lopez’s wife in the TV show. My family and I always enjoyed watching George Lopez, because we could in fact relate to it and laugh, but my parents aren’t impressed with Modern Family’s depiction of the Latina woman. They think her accent is exaggerated, and my mother especially doesn’t like the fact that the only Latina in the show has to be portrayed by every typical stereotype there is. I on the other hand can still laugh at Gloria’s character, but what I have come to realize, is that I wish there were more characters and shows that branched out instead of just to serve the stereotypes in a comedic type of way.

This class has made me study the portrayal of the Hispanic and Latino community, and for the first time, actually crave more of it in the media. I hadn’t realized how unsatisfied I have been before this class about more character representation, and how happy I actually get when I see a Latina actress get a lead role or a film captures more than just the stereotypical representations. The most recent movie that came out that I really enjoyed about the Latin heritage was the Book of Life.

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This movie was about the Day of the Dead, and when I first saw it, I immediately wanted to show it to my mother and watch it with her because I knew how much she would enjoy. I can’t remember the last time I had come to my mom with a film in the past decade produced by the United States that was about our culture. I didn’t realize how much there was a lack of the Latino community in television, films and books.

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press RoomGina Rodriguez won best lead actress in a comedy tv series, and her speech really struck a chord with my family and I

“Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dreaming. To my siblings, to my sisters Evelise and Rebecca for being the biggest role models in my life. This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad, today’s going to be a great day. I can and I did.” – Gina Rodriguez

While accepting the Academy Award for best director, Alejandro Inarritu dedicated the Oscar to the people in Mexico and those who immigrated from there to the United States. He called for better treatment and equality, and recognized his struggled and earned privilege of achieving his dreams and encouraged to others that is possible.  As a future writer, I want to be able to introduce more Latino characters. The recent Oscars were criticized as being the less diverse Oscar nominees, but, thankfully a Latino director and TV actress stole the awards that night.

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