The Emmys Had Jokes About Hollywood’s Diversity Problem Despite Taking On A Massively Self-Congratulatory Tone

Imagine being a white straight male that has recently become aware that Hollywood has a representation problem. Your new discovery inspires you to tap yourself to be the megaphone that calls out the lack of diversity in the industry even though you only clued into this decades-long problem a few months ago. Do you think that you’d be successful in recruiting more people to do this with you and convince them it was a good idea? How much of an ego do you think you’d have to have to pull this off without feeling thoroughly embarrassed?

These are the types of questions that keep me up at night— especially last night after watching the spectacularly self-congratulatory display at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Last night’s Emmys proved that Hollywood is supremely self-satisfied with the mediocre progress it’s made in terms of bringing diversity to television.

If the producers of the Emmy awards wanted to make an ironic statement about the ways in which diversity is presented on screen, they nailed it at last nights show. This year, practically on the heels of the #MeToo anniversary and a series of new studies that have highlighted the lack of progress we’ve made when it comes to representation on television, the awards show saw two straight male hosts take the stage to make introductions and cracks about sexual harassment in the industry, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Sandra Oh, the first woman of Asian descent up for a lead actress Emmy, and her big nomination. From there on, the night was heavily bespeckled with proud mentions of the show’s record high (and still extremely unimpressive) slate of diverse nominees in Emmy history and jokes that made me want to know what happened to the night of spectacles and laughs I’d been promised.

The show’s greatest offense happened not even 20 minutes into the show when a song and dance number took over.

The 2018 Emmy Awards opened with a self-deprecating musical number called, “We Solved It” that just brought on one bad take after the next. Keenan Thompson opened the skit saying “This year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse nominees in Emmy history” before jumping into a song alongside Kate McKinnon about Hollywood’s successful (ya huh) push for hitting all of its casting checkmarks, which hilariously enough, featured a cast of actual check mark actors. That’s right, checkmark actors. Ones like Sterling K. Brown, RuPaul, Titus Burgess, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Bell, who are all lovely to watch but also just correctly Black, LGTBQ, and female enough for producers to believe that viewers at home will find them palatable. They’re Blackish in their performances on screen, they’re queer but could pass as straight and they’re female in the way the mainstream media likes their women: straight-sized, actually straight, blonde, and white. Ricky Martin was tapped to play the prop of the One Latino on stage so that the other non-Latinx actors could have their moment of salsa in the sun. (Reminder for next year’s producers: when April Reign started #OscarsoWhite three years ago she wasn’t saying “More Blacks please and heck let’s throw in another neglected minority group for good measure!”)

As the opening musical number went on, Ru Paul came to tell the cast of singing actors that in fact, Hollywood’s massive diversity had not been “solved.” Of course, I love Ru but we didn’t need the “Drag Race” host to tell us this, a good spotlight on the lack of Latina presentees (only Gina Rodriguez presented an award), nominations, and wins could have made this statement fine.

Last night’s display also highlighted the Television Academy’s indifference to Latinas on screen.

The number of TV slots featuring Latina characters and writers are limited but the ones that exist are serving up content that has been met with critical acclaim. Gina Rodriguez didn’t campaign for “Jane the Virgin” as she had in previous years, instead, she opted to take the money for that and send a Latina to college. Still, the show’s most recent fourth season continued to receive praise from critics for its storylines, writing, and performances that surely could have attracted the attention of the academy enough to throw her or the writers on the show a nomination. But even then, the academy had some options. Take, for instance, Netflix shows “One Day At Time” and “Orange Is The New Black”. Both series have paved the way for a slew of Latinx characters that could have easily checked off the boxes for the Emmys in every category. They have Latinx writers, characters whose age ranges fall outside of the typical Hollywood spectrum, Afro-Latinas, indigenous Latinas, characters who deal with storylines that have been timely and relevant in today’s conversations around sexual assault, sexual identity and citizenship, and oh yeah deliver truly powerful performances. But did Rita Moreno or Selenis Leyva get nominations for their roles on screen? Nope, but thank god “Game of Thrones,” whose plot dabbles with dragons way more than it has ever dealt with diversity, managed to snatch up a win even despite failing to put out a new episode for over a year.

There was a moment at the end of Colin Jost and Micahel Che’s opening monologue that highlighted the quandary of the night well. After his co-host Jost sums up the upcoming shows featuring Latinxs and people of color on the screen, Che remarks “It’s not perfect but TV has come a long way in the last 70 years. I think that’s what you’re trying to say right?”

Yep, even despite a night of demonstrating how severely studios underrepresented and underserved Latinxs and other minorities in terms of televisions, that’s what they were trying to say.

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20 Times Hollywood and Spanish-Language Films Remade Stories


20 Times Hollywood and Spanish-Language Films Remade Stories

It seems like every other Hollywood movie or American TV show these days is just a remake, reboot, or redo of an older one. Many of these remakes found their inspiration in Spanish-language film and television, using popular stories to tell new ones in English. The trade has gone both ways, with plenty of Latin American directors deciding to put their own cultural spin on American classics.

Here are 20 TV shows and movies that show how Hollywood and Spanish-language films have remade stories from each other.

Ugly Betty

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Of course, Ugly Betty tops this list. The show was a beloved Colombian telenovela called Yo Soy Betty, La Fea. It was a smash hit, with dozens of copycats worldwide. The American series ran for four seasons and starred America Ferrera in the title role as Betty, a homely fashion magazine intern.

Vanilla Sky

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This movie’s original is called Abre los Ojos, a Spanish film directed by Alejandro Amenabar. Penelope Cruz played the role of Sofia in both versions of the film, which is part romance and part psychological drama and leaves audiences guessing about what’s true and what’s not.

Elsa and Fred

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Elsa and Fred is a charming movie about two elderly folks who find true love late in life. It’s based on an Argentinian film of the same name and, while the reviews weren’t great, who can truly resist a Shirley MacLaine fairy tale?

Secret In Their Eyes

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Hollywood really has a thing for Argentina. This 2015 thriller is a remake of a 2009 Argentinian film of the same name, which tells the story of what happens when a district investigator’s daughter is murdered. Both are based on a novel called La Pregunta de sus Ojos.

You Were Never Lovelier

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Fans of classic film will love this one, which is based on an Argentinian movie called Los Martes, Orquideas. Fred Astaire falls for Rita Hayworth, who has no interest in marrying but whose father will not let her sisters wed until after she takes the plunge. It’s got plenty of song (with Xavier Cugat and company) and dance and is set in the luxury of 1940s Buenos Aires.

Devious Maids

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Devious Maids took Desperate Housewives and dialed up the drama. This American soap-style show starred Eva Longoria and is based on a Mexican show called Ellas son… la Alegria del Hogar. Mystery, ambition, and steamy scenes abound in the hit show.

Jane the Virgin

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American audiences familiar with telenovelas were quick to point out how much Jane the Virgin seemed like one, and they weren’t wrong. The hilarious – and often hilariously melodramatic – show is based on Juana la Virgen, a Venezuelan series.

Chasing Life

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Chasing Life follows April, a 24 year old journalist who is diagnosed with leukemia and works to make the best of her life in the wake of the diagnosis. Its original version, which was made in Mexico, is called Terminales.

Queen of the South

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Queen of the South is based on the Telemundo series La Reina del Sur, which is in turn based on Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte’s book of the same name. It’s a gritty but femme-focused take on the usual drug lord story, with plenty of strong women to run the show.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Fans of 90s rom-coms, rejoice! In April 2018, Sony Pictures International Productions announced that it would be co-producing La Boda de Mi Mejor Amigo in collaboration with Mexican film studios. It’s set in Guadalajara and is sure to feature some mariachi marvels.

50 First Dates

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And you thought Sony was done. The studio recently wrapped production on a Spanish-language version of 50 First Dates, which stars Ximena Romo and Vadhir Derbez (Eugenio’s son) in a remake of the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie. It was filmed largely in the Dominican Republic.


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This one’s a bit of a cheat, but Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris are hilarious, so it’s ok, right? The original 1987 version starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, but last year’s remake leans in hard to Derbez’s Latin roots. Almost half of the movie is in Spanish, making this feel like a joint win.


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This creepy found-footage horror film was so successful that it got a sequel when it was remade. It’s scored only by sound effects with no music at all, making it all the more realistic and scary. The original, a Spanish film called REC, also uses the found-footage technique.

Silent House

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This indie film stars Elizabeth Olsen and is filmed in such a way that the entire movie looks like it was filmed in a single shot. It’s based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, which is rumored to be based on an actual event that happened in an Uruguayan village in the 1940s.

The Orphanage

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El Orfanato, a Spanish movie, uses the style of 1970s cinema to tell its scary story about a woman whose dream to refurbish the orphanage in which she grew up goes horribly wrong. The film’s remake rights were purchased in 2007, and in 2011 it was rumored that Amy Adams would play the lead role. Guillermo del Toro, who produced the original, has worked on the script and originally signed on to produce the remake as well.

Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad was so nice, they made it twice – in almost exactly the same way. Metastasis, which takes place in Bogota, Colombia, is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the hit series. The telenovela-esque version aired in the U.S., Colombia, and Mexico.

Modern Family

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Chile’s version of Modern Family bumped into some cultural barriers while it was being created. Since gay marriage is not legal in the conservative country, Mitchell and Cam’s daughter is the result of a brief fling, and they care for her while her mother is on a long trip. Sofia Vergara’s Gloria, who stands out for her stereotypical Latin characteristics, is now differentiated by her lower social class instead.

Maid in Manhattan

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Nothing tops a J. Lo original, but Telemundo’s Una Maid en Manhattan gives it its all. The series takes some liberties with the story, placing its protagonist in Michoacan before Manhattan with plenty of drama in between.

Married… With Children

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Married… With Children has been remade in Latin America not once, but twice! The sitcom has an Argentinian version, which also aired in Uruguay, Paraguay, and Peru, and a Brazilian one, though this version fared worse and was canceled before all 52 episodes could air.

The Nanny

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The record for most Spanish-language remakes goes to The Nanny, which originally starred the fabulous Fran Drescher and her iconic laugh as a Queens native who gets a job working for a ritzy family. It’s been remade in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico, with a Spanish-language version also created for Univison and set in Houston.

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For Us, NYFW Was All About Natural Black Hair Styles

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For Us, NYFW Was All About Natural Black Hair Styles

You’ve already heard about the fashion industry’s diversity and representation problem. Fashion house’s and lines have become notorious for committing cultural appropriation, excluding and shunning models of color from the runway, and often forcing them to whitewash their appearances. This season, representation and diversity for certain shows remained a problem, but Black women and models made sure that they were still seen in their full Black Magic glory.

Here’s a look 7 amazing women who showed up for New York Fashion Week and slayed the hair game.

The braids that can’t stop won’t stop come verano.

Afro-Costa Rican fashion blogger Ashley K. hit the streets of NYFW rocking the classic summer-style that Black girls have been rocking for ages.

The power look.

Natural hair thrived at NYFW. The week saw designers embrace the rising popularity of natural hair with braids, twist outs, locs, and wash-and-gos. At a show this past week, Vivienne Hu & VHNY featured Black girls in all of their natural hair glory.

Dominican model Janice Dilone heads down the runway rocking a shaved head which many Afro-Latinas have embraced as a look in their decision to transition to natural hair or release themselves about societal beauty ideals.

An Afro-Latina hair dream.

For Rodarte’s big reveal of its new line, the fashion house sent models down the runway in frills and flowers. While many of the models who walked were white and straight-haired, the brand made sure to send model Londone Myers down the runway with her natural rizos decorated with a crown of rosas.

Nothing quite as powerful as Black Power when it grows from your head.

Street stylists head to shows rocking their most fashion-forward looks for NYWF2018. Like so many women in attendance, these chicas opted to show off natural puffs with twist outs and headwraps.

Noon By Noor sent Dominican model Manuela Sanchez down the runway in her natural hair and a striped set that had us dreaming for Spring 2019.

Locs that have us locked down.

This week’s fashion shows and Black hairstyles taught many that our styles are far from a trend. Over the summer braids, locs and fros blew up as more women opted to shed sew-ins, wigs, and flatirons, this week, women like the one photo above proved that these looks can and will be worn all season long.

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