Salma Hayek, the Mexican American actress best known for “Desperado” and “Frida,” posted a photo on Twitter of herself on Thursday holding an “American Dirt” e-book that has since been deleted. https://t.co/o2FtLn3tef pic.twitter.com/oskVu8hVkb— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) January 24, 2020
Oprah's newest book club selection American Dirt, written by a white woman about the Mexican experience and which contains harmful stereotypes, has been on a bumpy ride since its release, which includes its launch party having barbed wire centerpieces.
The book has been promoted on social media by several Latina actors, including Salma Hayek, Gina Rodriguez, Yalitza Aparicio and Mj Rodriguez. Gina Rodriguez has quietly deleted her post after backlash, while Salma Hayek chose to delete and then explain herself.
She admitted she hadn't actually read the book but had been so excited that an Oprah pick was about a Mexican woman. She also thanked her fans for correcting and educating her on the controversy.
Salma's mea culpa perhaps will be forgotten since the book's publishers have brushed off criticisms from Latino writers. The film rights have also already been bought.
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