#OscarsSoWhite. Oscars most definitely white.
The latest example comes from Tre’vell Anderson of The Los Angeles Times, who yesterday wrote a piece about how British actor Charlie Hunnam will play the lead role of Mexican-American Edgar Valdez Villarreal in “American Drug Lord.” Valdez Villarreal is the Texas-born drug smuggler who was extradited to the United States last year. Valdez Villarreal is known as “La Barbie” for his light skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. This is him:
This is Hunnam:
This is social media pretty much slamming Hollywood for this decision:
Brownface still happens. Charlie Hunnam to play real life Mexican American drug lord, Edgar Valdez Villarreal https://t.co/yWKsZruMK2
— Nancy Wang Yuen (@nancywyuen) January 25, 2016
"Charlie Hunnam to play Mexican-American drug lord Edgar Valdez Villarreal" pic.twitter.com/eJhK6tQdRR
— malika. (@malikamayas) January 25, 2016
You know… I also have a few choice words for white actors who take roles of people of color… Like Charlie Hunnam & Emma Stone.
— And Peggy… (@revealingmia) January 25, 2016
at no point did charlie hunnam and co think damn this is wrong i am white and not mexican i shouldn't take/read for this part
— Laura C. (@RockettTanner) January 25, 2016
Lord knows I loves me some Charlie Hunnam.. but he's gonna play Edgar Valdez Villarreal in a movie and I'm confused… you know, cuz Mexican
— Efia (ē-fee-uh) (@MySoCalledLyfe) January 25, 2016
I bet y'all 10 million dollars Charlie Hunnam put on his Guillermo del Toro accent for that new role of his.
— Amandla Slayberg (@bettyhonest) January 25, 2016
— Joe Camareno (@JoeCamareno) January 25, 2016
Because it is so hard to find a white Mexican-American actor in Southern California these days, right? But hey, this is Hollywood where things like this happen all the time. Case in point:
We give up.