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Gina Rodriguez Tackles Hollywood's Problems With Latino Diversity Head-On

"If you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another."

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Gina explained the intent behind the movement in an essay posted on WhoSay:

[sic throughout] "There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show sore to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again 'Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other' and sadly that is true. I'm not saying go and see a movie you don't like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can't be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community."

For her first post, Gina chose Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Oscar Isaac:

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"Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino actor we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media."

She ends with a call for others to highlight Latinx talent we can all support, collectively:

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"That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!"

Now is the perfect time to use the hashtag to celebrate your favorite talented Latinxs:

@HereIsGina love you! So proud to call you boricua! Oscar is amazing and Benicio del Toro also gave an Oscar worthy performace in Sicario

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