Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ramon Novarro: Post-Valentino Latin Lover

Mexican actor Ramon Novarro first gained the public's interest for his performance (and revealing clothes) in 1925's Ben-Hur and after the passing of Rudolph Valentino in 1926, Novarro would emerge as Hollywood's next "Latin Lover".

Check out the trailer for 1925's Ben-Hur


  1. Why must he be categorized as a man of color? Just because he was mexican?? That is so incredibly racist, specially when he clearly is NOT a man of color, and considered himself to be white, as in descending directly from Spanish settlers, in other words, he was not mestizo or mulato, so why is he categorized as being of color? He was also not considered of color in Hollywood, otherwise he wouldn't have gotten any leading roles in the 20's and 30's, times of extreme racism and xenophobia. You don't see any black man getting the important roles that Ramon Novarro got, that is because he looked white and was white.

  2. aigespeaking10/14/12, 11:01 PM

    I have this strange feeling that you're the same person who argued me down on my Tumblr blog, but that's neither here nor there. This post isn't about what Ramon Novarro's ethnicity was--it's focusing on a stereotype of Hispanic men. The same way I'm making a post about Ramon Novarro's characters, I will be making a post about Rudolph Valentino, an Italian man who played a Latin stereotype.

    Matter of fact, I think you ARE the exact same person from Tumblr because you're making the same argument practically word-for-word and I made my point on Tumblr about what I thought about Mr. Novarro's ethnicity and I'm not making it again. I respected the information you presented to me on Tumblr and I told you there what I thought about it and how I would deal with it--so don't come running over here with this drama.

    And for the love of God, PLEASE learn the difference between use of the terms "colored" as it was used in the past to describe black people and "of color" as it is used to describe different races of people. I explained that to you on Tumblr as well!!!

    BTW: There are PLENTY of people in this world who "look white" and are actually people of color, so that argument doesn't fly over here.


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