BELatina’s Best of the Week: James Franco’s Casting Latino Outrage, Illegal ‘Hamilton’ Anti-LGBTQ+ Message, And More

BELatina’s Best of the Week: James Franco’s Casting Latino Outrage, Illegal ‘Hamilton’ Anti-LGBTQ+ Message, And More BeLatina News latine
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¡Hola, besties!

It’s been a busy week here at BELatina News, and we’re more than ready to get some much-needed rest and recreation.

Before we go M.I.A. (but not really) though, let’s dive into what went down this week.

This week, we wrote about diverse topics that included: John Leguizamo who spoke out about James Franco’s casting as Fidel Castro, a Texas Church that added an anti-LGBTQ+ message to their performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” and talked about why it’s concerning that Americans are still flocking to Mexico.

But that’s not all! Here are the best stories of the week in BELatina.

James Franco Was Cast As Fidel Castro – And John Leguizamo Spoke Out On What We’re All Thinking

James Franco Was Casted As Fidel Castro – And John Leguizamo Spoke Out On What We’re All Thinking belatina latine
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For those who haven’t heard, it was recently confirmed that American actor James Franco was cast to play Former President of Cuba Fidel Castro in the upcoming independent film “Alina of Cuba.”

Yes, in 2022 – with so much Latino talent in the film industry – American actors are still portraying Latinos.

This time, however, the famous Colombian actor John Leguizamo took to social media to speak about his concerns.

Texas Church Adds Anti-LGBTQ+ Messaging to Their Performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton”

Texas Church Adds Anti-LGBTQ+ Messaging to Their Performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” BELatina latine
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In McAllen, Texas, a local church is facing backlash for illegally performing  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.” 

Along with not being properly licensed to perform the musical, many people are disappointed (and outraged) by the church’s use of biblical messages to spread an anti-LGBTQ+ message. What happened in McAllen is contrary to the true intentions of the musical. 

What Are People Wearing to Bad Bunny’s Concerts?

What Are People Wearing to Bad Bunny's Concerts? belatina latine
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What people are wearing to Bad Bunny’s concerts might not be the main objective of the night, but it’s a close second. Are you planning to go to a Bad Bunny concert?

Americans Are Still Flocking To Mexico and It’s Concerning

Americans Are Still Flocking To Mexico and It’s Concerning BELatina News latine
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Americans are flocking to Mexico City, and locals aren’t too happy about it. This isn’t about anti-immigration, though. It’s an ongoing issue that was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and is still feeding onto the country’s escalating gentrification issue.

Latino College Enrollment is Declining, Report Says

Latino College Enrollment is Declining, Report Says belatina latine
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After a 30-year increase in college enrollments, attendance and graduations have declined since 2020.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, there was a 5.4 percent drop in Latino undergraduates.

With Monkeypox Cases on the Rise, Some Worry about Physical Activities

With Monkeypox Cases on the Rise, Some Worry about Physical Activities belatina latine
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Since sweat is a big factor in the transmission of monkeypox, it only makes sense to assume that shopping and fitness centers might see a shift. Hopefully, it’s not too much of a shift though. 

A frequent gym-goer from Miami, Florida, 29, who chose to remain anonymous, said he’s concerned about the risk of getting infected at his local fitness center. 

The “Tweet like a Latina” Twitter Thread Is Problematic – Here’s Why

The “Tweet like a Latina” Twitter Thread Is Problematic – Here’s Why belatina latine
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The gist of the social media thread was to tweet “like a Latina.” People might’ve thought it was all fun and games, but in reality, their quote replies show their prejudice against our culture.

Based on that condescending Twitter thread, Latinas are still being stereotyped as hypersexual beings. I’m not saying that hypersexuality is a negative thing. However, when people start taking it to a next level of degradation, that’s where I draw a line.

What are your thoughts?