Mexico's ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, accused Hollywood of creating a distorted image of his country, adding that stereotypes of "gardeners and drug traffickers" fail to mention the contributions Mexicans have made to the United States.
In Hollywood, Mexican characters are frequently drug traffickers and gardeners, and "Mexicans in the silver screen are usually portrayed as poor and uneducated at best, corrupt and violent at worst," Medina Mora told a press conference Friday at the National Press Club in Washington.
"I'm still eagerly waiting for the movie where Salma Hayek plays a Nobel Prize-winning chemist that teaches young Americans to create new forms of alternative energy," he said.
In that sense, Medina Mora warned that not even Demian Bichir, nominated for an Oscar, has escaped the trap of stereotypes, having played a gardener and a drug trafficker in the movies "A Better Life" and "Savages," respectively.
The diplomat noted the importance of ridding American movies of the myths and stereotypes that persist about Mexican immigrants, because "the American public, which consume those types of movies, will inevitably be influenced by them."
Drug trafficking is a problem that affects Mexico and other parts of the world, and portraying Mexicans as people who are intrinsically bad, drug dealers and corrupt policemen "is not only racist, it is totally wrong," he said.