Was Ryan Seacrest offensive to Oscar nominee Demian Bichir?
Bichir happily attended the red carpet with his mom, renowned Mexican actress Maricruz Nájera, and his girlfriend, Canadian model and actress Stefanie Sherk.
But earlier in the evening, the actor was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest on the famed red carpet. Following their their candid chat, Seacrest tweeted the following message: "Demian Bichir's story is incredible...the guy moved here from mexico and was making guacamole. Now he's nominated for an oscar"
With this, Seacrest essentially reduced Bichir's three-decade long struggle to earn his way to Hollywood respectability, to a stereotype. Seacrest made it sound as if Bichir is just 'another' Mexican laborer who somehow had an Oscar nomination dropped on his lap.
Bichir, 48, is recognized across Latin America as one of the region's top character actors, and over the past few years, he has made inroads into Hollywood, most notably with a role on Showtime's controversial show 'Weeds', along Mary-Louise Parker, and working with Steven Soderbergh's in his two-part 'Che' film. Among his upcoming projects is this year's 'Savages', helmed by Oliver Stone, who doesn't have a bad track record when it comes to Oscar nominations for his actors.
So, what was Ryan Seacrest thinking? Did he not do his homework? His remark quickly angered many people around the Twitterverse -- not only Latinos -- who called him ignorant and even racist.
What do you think of Ryan's words on Bichir?
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Perhaps Seacrest was confused with the "guacamole" comment. Demian was part of the artists commenting at the beginning of the recent 2012 Screen Actors Guils Awards, where he joked on making a killer guacamole. Even our partners at Huffington Post LatinoVoices shared Bichir's recipe on how to make this entree. Either way, do you think it's still insensitive and stereotypical on his part to presume that about him? WHAT DO YOU SAY?
As you may have heard, Seacrest ended up involved in another controversy yesterday, when Sacha Baron Cohen, disguised as his 'The Dictator' character, poured "Kim Jong-Il's ashes" all over his tuxedo, in quite the shocking moment. Here's the clip for your enjoyment:
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