Type Casting is far to problematic then not
All of the popular Latinas in hollywood seem to fall into different categories as we disucssed in class on Wednesday. Jennifer Lopez played into the stereotype when she first come into hollywood, penelope cruz plays into the internationl sophisticated role and Eva mendes is somewhere in between as the Puerto Rican American. My question is, why do these roles seem more prevelvant when it comes to other cultures in Hollywood? The biggest example that comes to mind is how an actress like Lucy Lu plays in to that "ass kickin asian" (for lack of better wording) stereotype. Or how certain African American actresses may always end up playing in roles that are considered "mouthy" or "ghetto." My second question is do people argee with celebrities playing into these roles, just to get a big break? I am on the fense. I know that in life sometimes you have to play the game in order to get where you may want to be, but the fact that these games even need to exist in this manner is far more problematic then anything. We claim to have come so far as a nation, but these unfair situations still insist on occuring. Why is it that we even need to dwell on race. Why is it that only one minority female has ever won a major acting award. It is not the lack of talent it is the lack of opportunity to start in great roles. Hollywood is so influential in this nation, and unforunately it is where so many ideas are developed about the unfamiliar. Even though i know that celebrites sometimes have to make sacrifices to get where they want to be, i can say that i do not agree with playing into a stereotype about ones culture. There has to be a line, and i feel that when celebrites cross this line, they loose a lot of dignity. No job is worth disrespecting who you are and where you came from.