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Once Again, A Study Shows Latinos Continue To Lack Representation In Hollywood

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Representation is a loaded word when it comes to conversations about diversity in casting, especially when it comes Latinos. The latest study from UCLA’s “Hollywood Diversity Report 2018″, shows the huge disparity Latinos experience when it comes to roles behind and in front of the camera. What makes matters even more frustrating is the reports evidence shows audiences tend to prefer movies and TV shows that feature diverse casts. So what gives and what has to change? Here’s a look at the evidence on why Latinos are being left out of the conversation when it comes to representation.

This year, the Oscars showcased the best of what a prospering film industry that includes Latinos could be, or did it?

UCLA’s “Hollywood Diversity Report 2019”

The feel-good story of this past awards season was Alfonso Cuaróns’ Oscar-winning film “Roma.” The movie centered on a housekeeper of a middle-class family in Mexico City. Despite highpraise, the film received and Cuarón becoming the fifth Mexican in the last six years to win Best Director, the reality for U.S.-born Latinos in Hollywood hasn’t changed.

Latinos account for the largest percent of moviegoers among minorities at 24 percent. Yet when it comes to getting roles, that’s a whole different story. In 2017, Latinos accounted for only 5.2 percent of all roles in the top grossing films. This was hardly an improvement from the previous year which was at 2.7 percent.

When it comes to getting roles on TV shows, it’s the same trend. Latinos accounted for no more than 7 percent of all TV roles when it came to the top shows on broadcast, cable and digital networks.

For those in the industry already, making changes is harder than it looks.

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Even when Latino-centered shows like “One Day At A Time” receive critical acclaim, that is rarely enough. This past month news broke that the show has been canceled by Netflix. Despite high praise from critics and fans, the series still has to prove itself.

For independent filmmaker Kenneth Castillo, whose directed seven feature films, making a change in Hollywood is going to take a lot more than a few awards. At a panel discussion called titled “State of Latinos in Hollywood,” hosted by the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Catillo and other Latino media figures spoke about the importance of Latinos in film.

“We are one of the fastest growing minority groups in country and we are still fighting for our films and scripts to be shown to the world,” Castillo said. “That’s not right.”

Castillo says what’s going on with “One Day At A Time” is an unfortunate thing that proves how even when Latinos create great content, at times it’s still not good enough. “I’ve seen this happen time and time again in Hollywood and we need to have some meaningful dialogue about where as Latinos we stand.”

If Latinos are going to see real progress when it comes to representation, they can’t wait for Hollywood to do it first.

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There’s no denying that we are entering a new golden age in Mexican cinema with the continued success of Latino directors like Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Guillermo Del Toro. But it’s a different story when it comes to U.S.-born Latino directors and actors.

There have been just a handful of U.S.-born directors and actors to break into mainstream success. Statistics also show studios take less chances on Latino-focused films and shows.

Representation is important when it comes to how one sees themselves and how the world perceives them as. As the largest growing minority group in the U.S., Latinos should be near the top of most film studios and getting major roles. But that’s anything but the truth. So this all begs the question, where and how do we see change?

If Latinos are going to see make any progress when it comes to more representation, they’re going to have to do it themselves. Castillo says that Latinos can’t wait for Hollywood to open the gate for more opportunities.

“We have to create our own stories and narratives in this country,” Castillo said. “Grab a camera, write that script and share your own story that Hollywood will never get to tell.”

READ: Latinos Are Still Waiting For Their Own Movie Moment As Hollywood Tries Casting More Diverse Films

Brid.tv TEST - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro Visits Trump And Declares Mutual Interest In Traditional Families

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Brid.tv TEST – Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro Visits Trump And Declares Mutual Interest In Traditional Families

Brazilian President Jair Boslnaro is in the United States in an official trip to meet with U.S. officials. He arrived on Tuesday and has already caused a stir in the press because of his comments at a press conference at the White House with President Trump at his side. Here’s a little breakdown of Bolsonaro’s comments on his first day visiting the U.S.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro aligned himself and President Trump as direct enemies of LGBTQ people and the press on Tuesday.

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President Jair Bolsonaro has been nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics” because of his embrace of right extremist ideology and the policies he has pursued since being elected. Within his first couple of days in office, Bolsonaro set his sights on rolling back LGBTQ+, indigenous, and women’s rights. He has been able to achieve his goal with sweeping executive orders that have left advocates and activists angry and on edge.

Bolsonaro, at a press conference, furthered his attacks on the LGBTQ+ community.

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“Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God our creator, and stand against gender ideologies and politically incorrect attitudes and against fake news,” Bolsonaro said Tuesday, through a translator.

Bolsonaro’s use of “traditional family lifestyles” should not be confused as anything other than a dog whistle to anti-LGBTQ+ organizations and people. The alt-right and evangelical communities have used “traditional family” as a phrase to hide behind while lobbying for anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. Bolsonaro declaring the U.S. as an ally in this fight has set off alarms throughout the LGBTQ+ community.

People not only noticed Bolsonaro’s comment, but they also picked up on Trump’s passive agreement with the statement.

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Trump did not make any vocal agreements with the Brazilian leader’s comments but nodded along in agreement. While many Trump critics are not expecting the president to make vocal and definitive declarations against such rhetoric, his perceived agreement caught everyone’s attention.

Unfortunately for the LGBTQ+ community, the Trump administration and led the government in turning a blind eye to human rights violations.

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Trump has claimed to be a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, but his actions have spoken volumes about what’s actually true. His own vice president, Mike Pence, is a strong and outspoken opponent against LGBTQ+ rights. The Trump administration has taken steps to attack members of the community, most famously with his ban of trans people serving in the military. Cozying up to Bolsonaro is another red flag for the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and abroad.

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