Apparently Hollywood Can’t Even Find White Mexican-American Actors to Play White Mexican-Americans

Jan 25, 2016
5:51 am

#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:

Valdez

This is Hunnam:

(Credit: Gage Skidmore)

(Credit: Gage Skidmore)

This is social media pretty much slamming Hollywood for this decision:

https://twitter.com/MySoCalledLyfe/status/691476927589134336

https://twitter.com/bettyhonest/status/691509097368293377

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.

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