Ann Hornaday was right in her March 5 Style article, “Cinema’s white lies,” that darker-skinned actors are getting shut out of playing people of color.
But while highlighting African Americans and Middle Easterners, she failed to acknowledge perhaps the biggest whitewashing: the continual casting of white actors to play Latinos.
Jennifer Connelly won an Oscar for her portrayal of Alicia Lardé Nash in “A Beautiful Mind,” and Ben Affleck played Tony Mendez in the Oscar-winning “Argo.” All of these characters are Latino. Ethan Hawke, Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close all have played Latinos in motion pictures.
We appreciate Hornaday highlighting this controversy, but she stopped short. It does look like Hollywood is trying not to hire Latinos.
When Latinos aren’t cast to play Latinos, that is real whitewashing.
Ana Valdez, Beverly Hills, Calif.
The writer is executive director of the Latino Donor Collaborative.