Nothing is sacred in our patriarchal world. Not teenaged actresses and certainly not those playing Dora the Explorer. Ten months after Paramount Pictures revealed they’d be doing a live-action version of the series with “Transformers” director Michael Bay to direct, first looks of the upcoming movie were recently released.
Just when we thought we could enjoy the new pics without any suspicions to the contrary, we scrolled through the comment sections of the released images.
Isabela Moner, who was cast as the young Latina, three days ago revealed photos of herself from the film set on Friday.
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The Peruvian actress who played Izabella in “Transformers: The Last Knight” last year revealed the picture of herself in Dora’s signature bright outfit and haircut. She is, by the way, 17-years-old and playing a teenaged girl in the film. In other words, she’s underaged, doing a job and shouldn’t have to face sexual harassment online by trolls who just want to objectify her.
And yet here we are.
Fans of Dora have been taking to social to express their eagerness to see the new movie, which is on the fast track for release.
Pleeese be as good as the show! My kids loved the show.
— Scott (@ScottR1718) August 11, 2018
For many who grew up during the fourteen year run of Nickelodeon’s “Dora The Explorer,” the chance to see the seven-year-old Mexican grow up has always been exciting.
Still, it didn’t take long to come across comments that objectified the actress and her Latinidad.
Estas maravillosa guapa y sexy creo que te pareces prácticamente a Dora y además eres una Lara Frost latina
— Roberto Jiménez Ruiz (@rojiru77) August 13, 2018
Like, why are you here?
There are currently hundreds of comments on Moner’s post about her new role, and most of them are from men.
I never in a million year thought Dora the explorer could be sexy but……
— manonthehill (@manonthehill) August 11, 2018
Many of whom have commented endlessly about her outfit and body.
Quite a bit of the comments are just straight up explicit.
— lol (@IanIerlenbeck) August 11, 2018
Which makes me feel like Twitter is just a bucket of swamp mess.
Is Dora supposed to be this hot?
— Mladin Adrian Vlad (@AdrianMladin) August 11, 2018
IDK man how old her you.
In fact, quite a bit of the men commenting on the post have likened Moren to women who do porn.
ewwwwwwwwwwwww pornstar lol ahha
— クリスチャンStoleski (@CrazyClown124) August 11, 2018
The sexualizing that has occurred as a result of the post, with Moren wearing simple shorts and a shirt, is a reminder that a woman can wear anything and still be objectified.
Seriously, a lot of men keep associating the image with porn rn.
She looks like a porn actress pic.twitter.com/Qszg1W2Bqr
— Erick O. Pérez (@ErickOdell) August 11, 2018
I guess anyone can look like a porn actress then.
The unfortunate part of these comments is how much they overlook the real accomplishment of Moren’s work.
When u 21 Asking for a friend ?
— 90’s🎙 (@BlackLegend24) August 11, 2018
She’s a Latina actress who recently played a major character in “Transformers” and just landed a huge deal with Paramount for this role, and yet all people can talk about is her looks and body.
The “Dora the Explorer” movie will be out in theaters on Aug. 2, 2019. The men who sexualized the actress and her role will sadly still be around spreading their poison be warned.