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In Huffington Post Blog, NHMC Dismisses Academy’s Latino Inclusion Claims, Calls for Film Industry Commitment to Diversity
“I celebrate the fact that this year’s Oscars had the most Black presenters, and that its host was openly gay and a woman. But lets be very clear: for the U.S Latino community, we were simply not invited.”PASADENA, Calif. – In a Huffington Post piece published today, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) President & CEO Alex Nogales rejects claims that “diversity was the winner” at the 2014 Academy Awards, calling attention to the fact that American Latinos “were simply not invited.” In the piece, Nogales dismissed a prominent media outlet’s inaccurate claim that 11% of the Oscar presenters list was “Hispanic or black,” calling it “irresponsible” for media outlets and the Academy to claim actress Penélope Cruz’s participation as a victory for the American Latino community. “We don’t know ourselves if the European actress identifies as Hispanic, and certainly not as an American Latina,” he wrote.