Eiza González has issued an apology.
Over the previous few days, images of the now 30-year-old actress in blackface have been making the rounds on social media.
The picture is reportedly from her days on the Spanish-language telenovela “Lola, Érase una vez” (translating to “Lola, Once upon a time”) from the early 2000s.
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The actress supplied a press release to Page Six in response to the scandal.
“I am deeply sorry and ashamed about having worn blackface makeup shown in the images circulating,” she said. “As a 15-year-old child actor on my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was pressured against my will, and with no negotiating power, I could not advocate for myself in the situation.”
She added: “I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now.”
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Additionally circulating the web are photographs of González dressed as a geisha, having altered her pores and skin coloration to seem like that of a Japanese lady of the occupation, in any other case referred to as yellowface.
González additionally addressed the yellowface photographs in her assertion.
“The other image in question is from a trip I took to Japan. According to my host, it is considered an intercultural exchange to dress up in their traditional clothing and makeup,” the “Baby Driver” star mentioned. “It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, however, I understand that out of context, this calls for a dialogue about contemporary cultural appropriation.”
González, a Mexican immigrant, mentioned that she’s “faced racism and ignorance” all through her life and “would never intentionally participate in anything [to] … cause harm or distress to another person.”
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“More than gestures of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others,” she concluded. “And again I deeply apologize for hurting anyone.”