If Hollywood tells you a story about Mexico, they will not cast a blue-eyed, blonde for any Mexican roles, although we have a vast population of blonde, blue-eyed Mexicans. But Hollywood thinks, We need to show you a peasant with a donkey. We need to show you that this street is filthy and there are rats everywhere so you know we’re in Mexico. Sometimes the Hollywood point of view is too narrow.
…[Juárez has] problems like any other major city in the world, but it’s a modern city. It’s a fantastic city. It’s a beautiful city. So it’s your choice which part of that city to show, like a bus station, “Let’s bring in this bus from World War II, almost like the cars they have in Cuba!” Cuba was cut off from the world because of the blockade, so they don’t have modern buses. But Mexico has not been under any blockade, so we do have modern buses. So if you choose to bring in a really old, beat-up bus in order to show the world that this is Mexico and not the U.S., that’s the choice you make as a producer, but I’m not necessarily agreeing with that.
Actor Demian Bichir tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies why he turns down a lot of roles he’s offered:
You have no idea how many times I say no to projects … Of course, we in Mexico have given Hollywood a lot of stories, a lot of creepy stories sometimes, corruption stories, and that’s our fault. But sometimes it’s a little too much. Sometimes it’s about exaggerating the point or stepping into clichés or stereotypes. And sometimes I just say no to projects where all the Mexicans are bad, all the Mexicans are corrupt, all the girls are whores, everyone is bad, and everything is filthy. I have to say no to those kinds of things.
It may come as a shock to many but Rebecca Black is in fact Latina. As she proudly stated in this mun2 interview, her mother is Mexican. Yet, her cultural heritage may not be as strange or shocking as the political stance that the 14-year-old YouTube singing sensation recently took in Mexico.