Apparently Latina Magazine thinks it’s okay that Latina women frequently have to play the part of a maid in movies and television. They obviously think that’s it’s so wonderful that they even featured their favorite Latina maids on the website, in response to the hit movie “The Help” that recently came out.
It’s already bad enough that women of color, Latinas included, are relegated to stereotypical roles such as a maid. Now we have a magazine that is supposed to be targeting the Latina population acting like it’s a great thing that one actress played a maid role over 300 times?
How many lead roles have Latinas played? How often do hit movies feature Latinas in strong roles, as opposed to roles such as maids, gangsters, and other stereotypical roles? I can bet that Latinas play maid roles more often than not, because other roles are not offered to them. It’s always gotten under my skin that practically every time I see a Latina on television she is a maid, prostitute, waitress or other stereotypical role. I’d much rather open up the Latina Magazine website and see an article about Latinas who have managed to shatter the stereotypical roles.
If you are as offended as I, please speak out and let Latina Magazine know that this is unacceptable!