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Eiza Gonzalez Apologizes For Wearing Blackface on Mexican Telenovela When She Was A Teen

Eiza Gonzalez Apologizes For Wearing Blackface on Mexican Telenovela When She Was A Teen

Eiza Gonzalez has issued an apology about wearing blackface on the popular Lola, Érase Una Vez telenovela when she was just a teenager.

The now 30-year-old actress regrets her actions that were for her role.

“I am deeply sorry and ashamed about having worn blackface makeup shown in the images circulating. As a 15-year-old child actor on my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was pressured against my will, and with no negotiating power, I could not advocate for myself in the situation,” Eiza shared with Page Six. “I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now.”

Eiza also apologized for her more recent actions of dressing as a geisha during a trip to Japan.

“The other image in question is from a trip I took to Japan. According to my host, it is considered an intercultural exchange to dress up in their traditional clothing and makeup,” she continued. “It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, however, I understand that out of context, this calls for a dialogue about contemporary cultural appropriation.”

Eiza continued, “As a Mexican woman and an immigrant, I have faced racism and ignorance throughout my life and career. I would never intentionally participate in anything that I knew would cause harm or distress to another person. More than gestures of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others. And again I deeply apologize for hurting anyone.”

Earlier this week, Eiza made headlines as she was spotted kissing Timothee Chalamet in Cabo San Lucas.

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