Eiza González apologizes for past use of blackface on telenovela: 'I was pressured against my will'
Eiza González apologizes for her previous use of Blackface.
The Hobbs & Shaw actress - in this week's headlines for her new romance with actress Timothée Chalamet - saw controversial images of herself reappear on social media. One with a black face comes from the time of the 30-year-old Mexican star in the Spanish-language telenovela Lola, Érase una vez (Lola, Once upon a time) 15 years ago, and the other of her, dressed like a geisha with lightened skin. was from a trip to Japan, she explained in an apology.
"I am very sorry and I am ashamed that I was wearing black makeup in the pictures in circulation," she said in a statement to the New York Post. “When I was a 15-year-old child actor in my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was put under pressure against my will, and I could not stand up for myself in this situation without negotiating power. I wish I had the voice and knowledge I have now. "
She went on to explain the photo of herself, disguised as a geisha, whose face was painted white.
Eiza González, pictured in March, apologizes for wearing Blackface as a telenovela star 15 years ago. (Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)
"The other picture in question is from a trip I made to Japan," she said. “According to my host, it is an intercultural exchange to dress in traditional clothing and makeup. It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, but I understand that this requires a dialogue outside of context about contemporary cultural appropriation. "
González concluded, “As a Mexican and immigrant, I have been exposed to racism and ignorance throughout my life and career. I would never intentionally participate in anything that I knew would harm or distress someone else.
“It is more than just a gesture of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others. And again I deeply apologize for hurting someone. "
Yahoo Entertainment asked González's representative for a comment but did not get an immediate response.
González, who also appeared in Baby Driver and in Godzilla vs. Kong will be seen kissing Lady Bird actor Chalamet (24) on a weekend getaway to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. You haven't shared the romance rumors publicly yet.
His fans were among those who posted González's controversial pictures to ask if she was the right woman for him.
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