New York – After two old photographs of the Mexican Eiza Gonzalez circulating in which she appears with a face painted black and a geisha, the actress was accused of being a racist and therefore reiterated her apologies through direct messages and communicated to some American media.
Eiza Gonzalez was a trend last week on social networks after a media outlet showed photos of the alleged romance of the Mexican with the Franco-American actor Timothée Chalamet and some took the moment to revive images that harmed the actress, calling her a racist.
The first of them shows Gonzalez personified with makeup to make her look like a black person. The image was taken from the youth soap opera “Lola, once upon a time” (2007), the actress’s first leading role in Mexican soap operas.
“I feel very embarrassed to have used blackface makeup in the circulating images. I was 15 years old and it was my first job as a girl actress in a Mexican soap opera, I was pressured against my will and I had no bargaining power, I could not avoid ignorance ‘throughout my career’ and I had no intention of offending nobody, ”said the actress.
The second image that puts her in a complicated situation shows the actress dressed as a geisha, something that generated certain negative comments with which certain people accused her of cultural appropriation.
However, the actress assured that it was a matter of respect.
“It is a tradition in Gion, Tokyo. If a geisha invites you to dress like she is an honor and the intention is to appreciate her culture, she would never have done so to insult a culture or for cultural appropriation. But I have realized that it was not taken with that good intention and I apologize if I have offended someone, ” the actress Eiza Gonzalez wrote in a message.
González also expressed that it is important for her to educate herself so that she can be the voice of those who do not have it and was active in the face of the recent “Black Lives Matter” movement that was unleashed after the death of George Floyd in the United States at the hands of policemen.