FILE – In this photo on February 4, 2019, Yalitsa Aparisio, nominated for Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "Roma," poses for a portrait of the 91st Academy of Nominations Award at Beverly Hills, California. Oscars will be held on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP, File)
Oscar-nominated Yalitsa Aparisio, the first actress in "Roma," finds strong support among Mexican-American women who identify with its roots, despite the reaction it receives in Mexico.
Some Mexican-American women say they are pleased that Aparisio's role is a challenge to the typical images of Latinas in Spanish films and TV shows, and they are proud to be the first local woman nominated for the best actress of the Oscars.
The United States Latin Apparios fans hold Oscar watching parties by commenting one another online with excitement and sharing in social media of every move Aparisio does. "She's a brown magic girl," says Jenny Moon, a Chicago professor at California State University. Normandy Islands in Camarillo, California. "My disciples can not stop talking about her."
Praises north of the US-Mexican border among fans of Mexican origin come as Aparisio, who is from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, facing racist attacks online at home and contempt from some Mexican actors. More recently, Mexican actor Sergio Gorey was caught on a video criticizing Aparisio's nomination and using racial bias to describe it. Later he apologized.
After last year's appearance on the cover of Vogue México, Aparisio was struck by a tirade of online racist comments criticizing her appearance. "I am proud to be a native woman from Oasakan, and she saddenes me that there are people who do not know the right meaning of the words," said Apparcio, who was born in Mixte, in a statement earlier this month.
In Rome, Aparisio plays Cleo, a middle-class family homeworker in Mexico City in the turbulent early 1970s. She speaks in a local dialect and in Spanish and works to navigate in different worlds about her own survival.
Aparicio, a 25-year-old primary school teacher, was nominated alongside Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman and Melissa McCarthy for the Oscars on Sunday.
Astrid Silva, an immigrant rights activist in Las Vegas, whose parents are from Mexico, said that many Mexican American women and Mexican immigrants in the United States see themselves in Aparisio for many reasons. a woman (who) comes from a poor area in Mexico like many of our families, "Silva said. "It not only provokes old beauty concepts that always affect blond hair and light skin, and it threatens them."
Apparisio's popularity is particularly strong in California, where many Americans from Mexico can trace their roots from migrants from the southern Mexican states. Oahaha, Michoacan, and Gerrero. These countries have a dynamic, diverse indigenous population that historically faces discrimination in Mexico.
"We are working to rediscover our root roots and Apparisio's presence shows that we have a meaning," said Lilia Soto, a professor of American research at the university. of Wyoming, who grew up in Napa, California. "The racism he faces in Mexico is also an attack on us."
Soto said Aparisio is also popular among Mexican immigrants in New York, largely coming from Puebla, another Mexican country with a local population.
When Aparisio visited New York last year, and the Mexican immigrants she faced was met with a hero.
"It's hard to describe, we do not feel just as pride," Silva said. "Yalitsa is just … us."
Writer of the Associated Press Russell Contreras is a member of the team of race and ethnicity of the Associated Press. Follow Contreras on Twitter at http://twitter.com/russcontreras
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t corrected, to determine the Mexican state of Puebla, not Pueblo.