Salma Hayek’s Comment On Mexican Roots in German Vogue
Last week, Salma Hayek found herself in a firestorm of internet commentary as she was making her rounds to promote her most recent movie, Savages. In the September issue of German Vogue, Salma looks exceptionally stunning in the photos but is getting all kinds of negative attention via the interwebs because of the following statement made during the feature interview:
“I am proud to have been involved in this film with all these great actors. Honestly, I hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican. My life is completely different now.”
And with that little comment, many Mexicanos and Latinos around the world wide web gave a universal sigh of…oh no she didn’t. Twitter instantaneously blew up with negative comments about this mujer, filled with snide remarks about her French husband and her amnesia towards her Mexican heritage. This gringas’ response? Chill out people.
Primero, this is clearly an issue of mistranslation. We have 3 languages happening here, which is never easy to navigate plus this comment could very possibly be taken out of context. “Being Mexican” is not something you forget, and this whole uproar is especially ridiculous if you consider Salma got her start in the telenovela, “Teresa,” gave a spectacular performance in “Frida,” and played a super sexy damsel in the “Desperado” movies, all of which are roles that are about as Mexican as they come.
Segundo, she immediately released a statement via her publicist explaining the situation:
“I have never denied my background or my culture. I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage, to love my first language, Spanish, to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with. I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love.”