Group Of Mexican Actresses Plot To Stop Yalitza Aparicio From Being Nominated For Award
El peor enemigo de un mexicano es otro mexicano.
Rossana Barro, a coordinator with the Mexican Film Academy, exposed a plot to keep Yalitza Aparicio out of the running for the Academy's Ariel Awards, Mexico's equivalent of the Oscars.
As reported in El Heraldo de México, Barro revealed on Twitter that a group of Mexican actresses had been conspiring via chat to keep the Academy from considering Aparicio for the Best Actress Ariel Award. So far, the actresses remain unnamed.
"I found out that there is a chat group of Mexican actresses who are organizing to ask the @AcademiaCineMx that Yalitza Aparicio not be considered for the Best Actress Ariel Award. It is the most mediocre, pathetic, and vile thing that I've ever heard. I won't say more."
Me enteré qué hay un chat de actrices mexicanas que se están organizando para pedir a la @AcademiaCineMx que Yalitza Aparicio no sea considerada para la terna de Mejor Actriz del Ariel. Es lo más mediocre, patético y vil que he escuchado. No diré más.— Rossana Barro (@LaBarro) February 11, 2019
As the saying goes, "El peor enemigo de un mexicano es otro mexicano."
But, Aparicio is an educated woman, a teacher, as well as an Oscar-nominated actress, using her newfound recognition to raise awareness about the need for more brown, indigenous, and underrepresented faces on screens everywhere.
“When I was growing up I never saw anyone who looked like me on TV or in movies and thought it was a waste of time to watch. Now kids who felt the same way I did can see someone on the big screen who looks like me and hopefully they feel like they can realize any of their goals. It’s a new model they can follow and it opens up options that they may not have even considered before. For me, that is such an achievement. “