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Eiza González apologizes for wearing blackface in old telenovela

[TW racist imagery]



Eiza González has apologized after images of her in blackface from an old telenovela resurfaced.
From her role in “Lola, Érase Una Vez” when she was a teenager in 2007.

“I am deeply sorry and ashamed about having worn blackface makeup shown in the images circulating. As a 15-year-old child actor on my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was pressured against my will, and with no negotiating power, I could not advocate for myself in the situation. I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now.”

She also addressed resurfaced images of her dressed as a geisha.

“The other image in question is from a trip I took to Japan. According to my host, it is considered an intercultural exchange to dress up in their traditional clothing and makeup. It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, however, I understand that out of context, this calls for a dialogue about contemporary cultural appropriation. As a Mexican woman and an immigrant, I have faced racism and ignorance throughout my life and career. I would never intentionally participate in anything that I knew would cause harm or distress to another person. More than gestures of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others. And again I deeply apologize for hurting anyone.”

The offensive images resurfaced after photos of González and Chalamet kissing.

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Tags: apology / damage control, latino celebrities, race / racism
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