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Underrepresented Majorities in the Digital Age

Authored by: Celeste González de Bustamante , Jessica Retis

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138020726
eBook ISBN: 9781315778228
Adobe ISBN: 9781317695837


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In 2014, Alfonso Cuarón became the first Latino in the more than eight-decade history of the Academy Awards to win an Oscar for Best Director. The following year, Alejandro González Iñárritu was presented with the same award. During the ceremony, actor Sean Penn, right before announcing the award, “jokingly” stated, “Who gave this son-of-a-bitch a green card?” González Iñárritu, who is reportedly a friend of Penn, joked, “Maybe next year the government will inflict some immigration rules to the Academy. Two Mexicans in a row, that’s suspicious, I guess” (Iñárritu 2015). During his acceptance speech he dedicated the award to:

My fellow Mexicans. The ones who live in Mexico, I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.

(Iñárritu 2015)

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