The reason? I think White Alligator is right up her alley and Ventanarosa has quite the proven track record (and we're a little film with big dreams - we need some help).
Salma Hayek has been saying for years what White Alligator is saying. Just this past Sunday my husband hands me an article he cut out for me from the Metro newspaper that quoted Salma's recent interview with German Vogue as her saying, "I hardly had any memories of what it is to be a Mexican woman; my life is completely different now," in response to how it felt to film Traffic ten years ago.
A Latino blog named Guanabee.com took issue, stating, "What did Salma mean by basically saying she forgot what it's like to be a Mexican woman? That she's too French and rich for our blood?" I then took mild offense to Guanabee's comments, thinking to myself, "What do you mean by basically assuming that all Mexicans are poor and are unable to learn any other language but Spanish?" In fact, Salma's
father is half Lebanese and I believe she grew up speaking both French and Spanish in her household. He was a wealthy businessman specializing in oil.
Yes, a wealthy, cultured Mexican/Lebanese businessman - now what is so strange
and unusual about that? The answer is absolutely nothing. But you obviously
won't find that portrayal of a Mexican in any movies coming out soon.
And I sat there at my piano and took a sip of my almond milk cappuccino in my UWS one bedroom and considered this Guanabee quote. I thought to myself: would they consider me not to be a Puerto Rican because I play the piano and am
vegan? Are cappuccinos and the enjoyment of said drink too French for a Puerto
Rican? And am I at fault because I learned French in high school and college? Is it too much for them that I even went to college? What exactly would make me a Puerto Rican in their eyes?
The truth is there are Puerto Ricans poorer than me. And there are Puerto Ricans richer than me. And there always will be a wide range of Puerto Ricans and any other ethnicity for that matter.