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LatinoBuzz: Latinas On TV Changing Cultural Misrepresentation

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by Carlos Aguilar
March 20, 2014 6:31 PM
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(Center) Cecily Strong as "Marisol" in SNL

There is nothing new about the misrepresentation of minorities in mainstream media. These erroneous portrayals serve to accentuate the stereotypes surrounding those groups that don't have a powerful enough voice within the content  production platforms. Therefore, their identity is rendered to the homogenous perception of those in charge, which doesn't allow for diversity to be exposed. Latin culture is often victim of this one-size-fits-all perspective in the form of exaggerated and cliched character flaws often associated with the Latino experience in the United State. 

Vivid examples are the grotesque images of Latino characters in recent mainstream animated films like Despicable Me 2 and Disney's Planes . In both instances there is a Mexican character reduced to being a heavily-accented, flamboyant, womanizing male with a thick mustache. But if this happens to the male Latin figure, how are Latina's viewed? They are often sexually objectified and presented as victims of the chauvinism attached to their male counterparts. As it is, woman of all backgrounds are underrepresented in the media, adding the element of forming part of a minority complicates the situation further.

Focusing on this issues, Latin Heat Entertainment has recently published 3 great articles that focus on the current Latina experience in Hollywood from distinct points of view. Take a look below. 


Ellen Ochoa

Latina Representation on TV: We're More Than Just a Spicy Chicken Sandwich 

By Liz Felix

I wasn’t a M.E.Ch.A. member in high school. My Spanish isn’t great, I eat hot dogs and hamburgers, I drink Coors, and I place my right hand over my heart when I sing the national anthem. And so when it comes to portrayal of Latinas in pop culture, where are the people... Read the entire article HERE



Becoming Ricardo

She's Sexy, Funny, and Handsome? She Is Ricardo!

Jenni Ruiza and Jesenia are both the producers and writers of the hit comedy web series Becoming Ricardo.  Jesenia plays the title role, who is desperate to make it as an actress, and in an attempt to grab her career, as she puts it “by the balls”, she transforms herself into Ricardo Montalban the leading man of a major TV network hit crime show Crime, Law & Order.. Read the entire article HERE



Cristela Alonzo

Cristela Alonzo Hopes to Inspire With Her New Sitcom "Cristela" 

Rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo remains in fall contention at ABC. Alonzo has been given a pilot presentation for her semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy, Cristela.  The pilot taping is scheduled for next week on March 27th in Los Angeles. Listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing the cast of ten, led by Alonzo. The multi camera comedy show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells.. Read the entire article HERE

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