And then I saw that Melissa Fumero had been cast as Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I felt my guts roll up into my throat and try to escape out of my mouth. Omgomgomgomg that’s it then. There’s no way in hell a major network is gonna cast two Latina actresses in such a tight ensemble show I AM SCREWED.
And then next day my agents called and told me I’d booked it.
I couldn’t believe it. I had been saying to my boyfriend the night before how there was JUST NO WAY. Normally, The Latina is a singular element of the ensemble she is working in. She’s there to provide contrast, or sexuality, or humor. Or she’s there to clean the floors and/or steal your man. There are some serious stereotypes very much alive in film and TV today, and The Latina is one of them.
Here’s the thing though. The world is changing. Slowly but surely, television is changing. The character stereotypes are changing, or being turned inside out by some fantastic writers and actors (I’m looking at you, Orange is the New Black, Scandal, and The Mindy Project). People of color are on TV playing roles that are fleshed out, complex, human. And yes, some of those characters are maids. Some are sexy heartbreakers there to steal your man. Some own BBQ joints, while some are Chiefs of Staff. Some are prisoners, and some are cops. All are real people with hopes, dreams, ambitions, fears, and all the other vast human emotions and desires…
…This is important. Because young women are watching TV, and they are getting messages about who they are in the world, who the world will allow them to be. And in big important steps, television is showing a reflection back to those young women that YOU CAN BE WHATEVER THE HELL YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE, and that two Latinas on one show is NORMAL. I think that’s a win for everybody.
Why don’t you see? Why can’t you understand? I’ve been waiting for so long. For what?
we’re all stories in the end
mythology meme: [2/8] myths, legends, and stories
↳ pandora’s box
Although the phrase ‘Pandora’s box’ is the most common in popular use, the term ‘Pandora’s jar’ would be more appropriate. The misconception was born some time during the 16th century when Erasmus of Rotterdam translated the original Greek text into Latin.
In classical Greek mythology, Pandora is the first human woman, created by Hephaestus at the command of Zeus. All the gods bestowed some kind of a blessing to her: Athena gave the skill for weaving and produced clothes for Pandora; Aphrodite gave charm and beauty; Hermes gave the power of speech, curiosity, and her name, Πανδώρα, (which means ‘all-gifted’ or ‘all-endowed’) to signify the unique gifts she received from the gods. She was also given a large jar (πίθος) and told not to open it under any circumstances. She was presented to Prometheus’s brother Epimetheus, who accepted her, although his brother had warned him not to accept any gifts from the gods. Of course, Pandora’s inquisitive nature gets the best of her and she opens the jar, releasing all sorts of woes unto the world to torment humankind. Only Hope remains in the jar.
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