Mexican TV network criticised for brownface parody of Roma star Yalitza Aparicio

the Guardian | 3/6/2019 | Staff
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A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing criticism for dressing up in brownface and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio.

Televisa’s Yeka Rosales posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint in an apparent parody of Aparicio, who attended the Oscars last week after being nominated for best actress for her role in Roma.

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The stunt, designed to promote Televisa’s season premiere of the comedy show La Parodia, highlights the racism some scholars say indigenous people in Latin America still face in the media.

In the photo, Rosales wore a dress similar to the one Aparicio wore at the Oscars, donned a straight, black wig and made exaggerated facial expressions typically used to stereotype indigenous people.

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In an email to the Associated Press, Televisa spokesman Alejandro Olmos said the network strongly condemns any form of racism or discrimination. “We do not believe that the production of La Parodia engages in this type of practice,” Olmos said in Spanish, adding that some of the comments were made in “bad taste” and will be edited from the show. Televisa later deleted a tweet with a video of Rosales in brownface mimicking Aparicio.

Rosales drew immediate condemnation on social media in Mexico and the US. “It’s disgusting. I’m kind of shaken up about it,” said Jennie Luna, a Chicana/o Studies professor at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, who studies indigenous populations in Mexico. “This just shows how far we have to go and how far Mexico has to go.”

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Luna said Aparicio has encountered many similar acts in Mexico since winning praise for her performance in the movie Roma.

Aparicio, who is from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, faced racist attacks online and scorn from some Mexican actors. However, she also found strong...
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