My identity is a superpower | Analyse

A problem, which we have allowed to be continuing, is the lack of representation of ethnic minorities in the media. The media is mostly consisting of white people and their take on music, acting, etc. - mainly a white field.

If an individual with an ethnic background succeeds in getting a role, it is usually a part which is confirming the old racial stereotypes instead of renewing them.

She continues to explain, that when she did try to audition for a more complex role, she was being told; “they are not looking to cast this role diversely” (P.1, L. 32-33), “they love her

but she is too specifically ethnic” (P.1, L. 33) or “the movie isn’t financeable until they cast the white role first” (P.1, L. 73-74).

It is shocking that choosing a diverse character for a role is considered a financial risk, but that is how the film industry is built upon. She then realized that her identity was seen as a problem and was therefore an obstacle for her.

Later in her career she, ironically, got a role that required her to be what she has been shamed for her whole life and career: Ugly Betty, which she gained massive recognition from.

She reflects on the contrast between her success and the disappointment in the film industry as they fail to represent diversity

since she was the first and only Latina to ever win an Emmy in a lead category, but she uses this success to shed light on the lack of representation in the media.

She explains that it is not a fact she enjoys thinking of, but rather something to make her feel frustrated, because there has not been a single Latin-American actor/actress to win an Emmy for a leading role since she won about 12 years ago.

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