Antonio Banderas Makes a Mockery of Racial Quotas
O, what a wicked web we weave when we practice diversity quotas.
Outlets called Antonio Banderas, nominated for best actor for his role in Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory, an actor of color.
The thing is, Banderas is from Málaga, Spain, and does not identify as a person of color. There are nonwhite Spanish people, but this isn't the case for him.
So if Banderas did identify as a person of color, it would be okay?
Also, in what universe is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez a minority but Banderas isn't?
Banderas then recalled filling out an official form in the U.S.: When he went to check the box for "white" under race, he was told that was wrong, that he was Hispanic.
"I said, 'Hispanic isn't actually a race,' " Banderas told Ramos, but he went ahead and checked the Hispanic box. "Great, I'm happy to be Hispanic, Spanish, Latino, and if I'm a person of color, well then I'm a person of color."
So he identifies as a person of color?
After all, Spaniards are technically considered Hispanic by the U.S. Census Bureau, which defines the term as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race."
Southern Europeans are an oppressed minority.
Banderas has often taken on Latin American roles in movies, including a Mexican mariachi assassin in Robert Rodriguez's Desperado.
So Spanish people are no longer allowed to play Latin Americans? The arc of history really is bending toward politically correct ridiculousness.