"Hola a todos, estoy aquí trabajando para ayudar a mi país a ser menos racista mientras soy tendencia a causa de ello. Aprovecho para compartirles mi primer artículo para el @nytimes, espero que les guste. ¿Cómo va su sábado?" https://t.co/J7JoNdDrCA— Yalitza Aparicio Martínez (@YalitzaAparicio) May 24, 2020
The actress has shared on Twitter the think piece she wrote for the New York Times, in it, she talks about her experience debuting as an actress and receiving accolades, but she also point outs that it stirred the waters of racism that exists in Mexican society.
The film prompted Mexican society to reflect on indigenous people, domestic workers and racism, shining a light on them, and that didn’t sit well with certain segments of the population that felt were being unjustly called out and turned Yalitza as an easy target instead of addressing the issues.
The success of the film and her being nominated for the highest award in the field, also caused other thespians to feel threatened and jealous, since many couldn’t perceive how a rookie and indigenous actress was nominated or because they hadn’t been successfully able to cross over to American recognition.
She originally wrote the article in Spanish. The article is part of a series called “the big ideas” for the philosophy section of the paper, in which artists, writers and intellectuals respond to the question “why does art matter?”.