Brace yourself for one of the corniest analogies in corny analogy history:
Think of Hollywood as a good ole American Apple Pie (with a fancy topping for that Hollywood glam). Many things make up that pie and I like to believe that racial stereotypes have been one of that pie's most important ingredients--without them, Hollywood as we know it just wouldn't be the same. Of course, this isn't a good thing, but while some of Hollywood's most groundbreaking films were changing the face of Hollywood, some of them were also dripping with racism--The Birth of a Nation being the leader of the pack.
This month, I want to focus on some of the stereotypes of
Hispanic Latino Men in Hollywood--especially Mexican men. Terms like "Bandito", "Greaser", "Latin Lover", "Macho", and "Buffoon" have been used to describe *Latino men in Hollywood movies (and unfortunately, in real life).
Rudolph Valentino, Italian/French actor known as the "Latin Lover".
I will be post as much as I can about the movies that display these stereotypes and I will also post information on some of the actors that have worked in these movies.
Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
As always, I want you all to feel free to leave any comments--make suggestions, corrections, etc. all throughout this month.
Thank you so much,