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Eva Longoria is not a fan of American Dirt, calls out racism in publishing and Oprah


  • Eva Longoria is the latest celeb to weigh in on the American Dirt controversy, a book about a Mexican woman fleeing to the U.S. with her son that was written by an American white woman who did 9 days of research on the book and had no other connection to the material.

  • Longoria has no interest in reading the book

  • Expressed frustration that author Jeaninine Cummins said she wished someone "slightly browner" had written the book and pointed out many Latino authors had already written immigration stories about coming to the U.S.

  • Called out Oprah for not endorsing books written by Latinos

  • Said this happens because 80% of the people working in publishing are white

  • Was particularly mad that the publisher blamed cancellation of the book tour on threats which she said made Latinos look crazy when they are only criticizing inaccuracies and racism in the book

  • She mentioned the book at a panel for Emily's List, an organization dedicating to recruiting and financing women into running for the Democrats

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Tags: #americandirt, books / authors, eva longoria
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