Latinas are the least represented group in media when compared to our actual population. When we are depicted, we are too often stereotyped as criminals, servants, or both. That allows folks who aren’t in community with us to ignore, fear, and hate us.
It’s time Latinas and femme Latinxs have a say in deciding how we’re represented. We should be telling, starring in, and reviewing our own stories!
Statistics and Studies
There are actual numbers to back us up, thanks to leading researchers Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, and Dr. Martha Lauzen. Check them out:
- Holywood and Diversity Report 2020 – Ties diversity in front and behind the camera to profit
- Thumbs Down 2020 and Critic’s Choice II – The most up to-date-numbers on who’s a film critic (spoiler: it’s overwhelmingly white men and then generally lift up their own point of view)
- Latinos in Film – We’re drastically underrepresented, particularly when compared to our numbers in the population
For more, visit the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television.
This problem is big. Latinas and femme Latinxs are dramatically underrepresented in all the decision-making positions in Hollywood and our numbers have not budged there even as our share of the population (and economy!) grow. BUT. We are a persistent, hard-working people and we’re not going to let the shit stand. In fact, we’re organizing at all levels across the industry to make sure our stories get told. Here’s an (incomplete) list of some of the amazing groups on the ground:
Encouraging Our Role as Cultural Gatekeepers (aka Journalists)
Getting More Latinx Storytellers Hired
Hollywood Latinx Writers
LA Collab Latinas in Media
Latinx in Animation
NALIP – National Association of Latino Independent Producers
The Untitled Latinx Project