by: Carl Lamarre
For the past couple of weeks, influential Latino figures – Ozzie Guillen (manager for Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, no relation to our publisher Juan Guillen) and actress Sofia Vergara – found themselves entangled in the media’s web of controversy as their displeasure for the treatment of their adored Latino culture surfaced within national tabloids and prominent publications.
Former baseball player, and now manager, Ozzie Guillen, found himself in defense mode as he was tackled with an array of questions in regards to his outlook on America’s national pastime. The ever so effervescent Guillen rhapsodized with the media for 25 minutes, highlighting his disappointment within the treatment of Latino players in contrast to Asian players after a victory nearly two weeks ago. “I always criticize why Japanese players have interpreters and Latinos don’t have one. Very bad,” Guillen said to reporters. “I always say that, why do they have that privilege and we don’t and we have more Latino players suffer. He would further voice his anguish towards the issue by saying: “Don’t take this wrong but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid, and it’s, ‘(The heck with) you, you go to the Minor Leagues, good luck. Good luck.’ And it’s always going to be like that. It’s never going to change. But that’s the way it is.”
Sofia Vergara approached the media differently, as she purported to Esquire Magazine that Hollywood had developed certain physical expectations for Latina women. “They have this stereotype that Latin people have to look like Salma Hayek,” she told the magazine. The actress who originally surfaced into Hollywood as a naturally breed blond, found herself having to defend her Latino roots, because many perceived her as one of different descent. “If you see my family, you wouldn’t believe it,” the Latina starlet said. “Everyone looks like they’re Polish. Blond with blue eyes. But I wasn’t getting any jobs in L. A. They were confused.” Once she made the jump from blond to brunette, the actress started noticing an immediate change. “The minute I made my hair dark, then they believed that I am Latina.”