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The Problem With Novelas And Its Non-Indigenous Representation

Representation will always matter.

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I’ve rarely seen myself on television. Growing up in a Latino household, watching Novelas was and still is a normal thing for many families. Some over the years have been absolutely hilarious, from children-driven ones to more light-hearted and somewhat religious ones.

Despite that, I’ve always felt a personal void seeing all the beautiful actors and actresses - I always and still see light-skinned characters as the main spotlight. They usually have big bold blue or green eyes, and if their fair-skinned, still have some kind of gorgeous colored eyes.

And while I’m sure people out there probably think I’m exaggerating and should grow up: Listen. Representation matters, whether you like it or not. It’s what sometimes motivates people of all ages to really delve down and think, “hey, they resemble me: that means I too can do something great - be an actress, singer etc”.

Beyonce’s Grammy Speech Regarding Representation:

It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families — as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race.

I would love to see more love of dark-skinned characters in the Latino Entertainment Industry, from Mexico to South America. Afro-Venezuelans, Afro-Colombians, Mexicans with a darker skin tone, etc, the list goes on - shouldn’t these people also be given a spotlight? Definitely. It doesn’t always have to revolve around playing the “servant or poor girl who faces obstacles to date the rich heir whose mother is probably against it all and perhaps a tad racist”.

But remember that this issue stems farther than my issue of lack of representation in Latino media.

“Soap Operas have always been about "Whiteness" and the promotion and worship of White skin. Whiteness in Soap Operas is particularly heavily promoted in Asia. I lived in Japan and Thailand and ALL - not one - but ALL actors are Asian who have either been made-over or had their skin chemically Whitened. In America, Blacks in Soap Operas (if you want to call them that) are so light-skinned that they look White in almost every way. Even in their mannerisms. The agenda is to use the media in this way to condition the world to want to be White and think as Whites do. That makes people of color "safe" and non-threatening people of color. It is all about the worship of White skin and the elevation of one race among the human family above all of the others.

Do we not see White Jesus , Adam and Eve, Angels, God, Virgin Mary and others portrayed in art, film and literature? Of course we do! The question people of color everywhere should be asking is: "Who is behind all of this and why are they doing it?" There is a reason.” - Ronald H

Viva La Raza.

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