Last June, young actress Jessica Alba was quoted making pro-assimilation remarks. The quote:
“My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, … So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don’t speak Spanish. So, to say that I’m a Latin actress, OK, but it’s not fitting; it would be insincere.”
I applauded what she purportedly said at the time, but warned that it was probably only a temporary outbreak of sanity. Hate to say I told you so. In the latest issue of Latina magazine, Alba, now pregnant, denies that she made those remarks last summer and has embraced identity politics wholly:
In Latina’s March 2008 cover story, Jessica Alba gets personal with Editor-in-Chief Mimi Valdés Ryan and directly responds to the rumors that have resulted in her now-commonly used nickname, “Jessica ‘Don’t Call Me Latina’ Alba.” Check out some of her revealing answers below, and don’t forget to pick up the full story when the issue hits newsstands on February 19!
On her reluctance to walk the red carpet at Latin events: “I’ll support those shows, but I can’t go on the press lines and have people make me feel bad about myself. Life is too short. I can’t change how I grew up, and I shouldn’t have to apologize for it. I know I feel close to the Latin community, because that’s what I grew up with.”
On claims that she’s proud to have cut loose from her Mexican roots: “I never said that. Cut loose from what? What the hell are they talking about? Why would I want to cut loose from the only family I know?”
…On what she wants her baby to look like: “I’m excited for my baby to be brown. I just have to believe the dark gene is going to survive. Cash and I are like, please!”
Stray from the p.c. orthodoxy in Hollywood, and pay a price. Looks like Alba will spend the rest of her career trying to get back into the good graces of the diversity-mongers.
Obvious point: Can you imagine a Hollywood actress excited for her baby to be white?