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White Italians like Floriana Lima and Lorenzo Henrie audition for Latinx roles and get them without an issue. Both Lima and Henrie have played around a dozen latinxs each, and Lorenzo himself admits that he auditions mostly for roles a Latino (x / Edit: article is just source for the quote, the rest is a mess).
Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac had to change his name to start getting roles and avoid being typecast in “gangster” and other stereotypical racist roles (x). Gina Torres has spent her career being denied roles as Latina because people “want Latinas to look Italian, not like [her]” (x).
So no, it’s not okay that these white non-Latinxs are playing Latinxs of color. They are directly complicit in the lack of opportunities that actual Latinxs of color have to face constantly, and they are guilty of spreading a white-washed image of “the good Latinxs” as vaguely tan white people with an Hispanic-sounding name instead of the incredible variety of people we actually are.
Fuck @themarysue for defending this racist bullshit, fuck both of them an all other Italians, Portuguese and Spaniards stealing roles from marginalized actors in Hollywood, and fuck anyone else who wants to say this is okay.
PS: before I get any bullshit questions, here is the criteria of why a person can’t be Latinx if their ancestors haven’t been born in Latin America, and here is why “olive skinned” Italians are white unless they are mixed.