The Oscar awards have brought the theme of racism to the debate in all mass media and social circles with the films Green Book and Roma. In this post, I will focus on the very unfortunate classist and racist behavior that many Mexicans have shown after the Oscar nomination of the actress Yalitza Aparicio, the actress starring in Roma. All the world has figured out that Mexico is full of classist and racist Mexicans, towards others Mexicans.
I am Mexican and I really feel very embarrassed when I read or hear other Mexicans verbally attack Yalitza because of her origin. She is indigenous, and many Mexicans think she did not deserve that nomination because she is not as pretty as other Hollywood actresses (by the way what is beautiful and according to what or who) or because she is not a professional actress, she just graduated from kindergarten teacher school, even many of them think Roma is a very bad film.
After giving you some context, now I can explain my point of view. The movie Roma is not a commercial movie, Roma is a film which you should watch slowly and try to understand the story because it is explaining how the Mexican society was in Mexico city in the 70s. In the future, the movie could be used as a reference for history classes (at least in Mexico). The students’ movements, how the government acted and how the culture changed now compared to then.
But there is even a more important topic that probably not everyone identified: women from different social status being strong together because of machismo (macho men). Yes, the actress Marina Tavira interpreted to Sofía the boss of Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) in Roma. Sofía found out her husband was cheating on her, he left her and after that, they got divorced. Cleo (Yalitza) was not married, but got pregnant with her boyfriend and when she told him, he ran away.
I will not spoil more of the movie and I am coming back to the topic. I must say, most people, or maybe all the ones that are being classist and racist with Yalitza are ignorant and have not experienced life abroad. If they had, they would have known that all cultures are respected and there is no culture that is better or worse. Cultural diversity makes the world richer and it is wonderful to share experiences with people from different countries and cultures. When you work, study or live abroad and you have to get in the system of that society, you learn how appreciated you are and the contribution you make.
Suddenly, you figure out that each society has its own values, ways of communicating, rules, beliefs and ways of thinking and taking decisions in life. Then and only then you understand society is never wrong, for better or worse, there are only thousands of ways to live life.
If you are Mexican and you were one of those who attacked Yalitza, please answer me these two questions: Have you ever lived abroad? And how was that experience?
If you are not Mexican and you heard or read about racist and classist comments from Mexicans against Roma or Yalitza herself, I apologize, because Mexico is still ignorant and immature, Mexicans are still learning about multicultural life.
Share: what did you think about the movie?