Being Latino on Google Plus

Former Gilmore Girls star is Anastasia in “Fifty Shades of Grey” film


Who would have thought? Of all people, Alexis Bledel, the former Gilmore Girl and star of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, has been cast as Anastasia Steele, the lead female in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”.  Some believe that Bledel fits the description of Anastasia Steele to a “T”.

For those of you, who are like me, and have not had the gull or desire to read the erotic novel, click here to look up Wikipedia’s synopsis. It will suffice.

In short, a young, dark haired, light skinned, blue-eyed woman, named Anastasia Steele, is dominated and controlled by a successful business man, named Christian Grey, who practices Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism (BDSM). Anastasia has absolutely no power in her relationship with Christian and this is where the majority of this novel’s criticism lies.

Bledel, who’s mother is of Mexican decent and father is of Danish decent but Argentinian born, considers herself Latina. As a Latina, Bledel represents the diversity found in our communities. Not all Latinas look like Selma Hyak, Sofia Vergara and Penelope Cruz or have their accents. Believe it or not America, there are Latinas who have blue eyes that are also light skinned who have no accent. On the same note, hopefully no misconceptions are bred by this movie. I am pretty sure that it is safe to say that not all Latinas are into BDSM, most likely even Alexis Bledel is not into it . Like all parts of sexuality, not every body is into the same thing.   How do you feel about a Latina getting cast in such a controversial role? Will it make you more or less willing to watch the film?



About Ces’Ari Garcia Delmuro

Born and raised in southern California to Mexican-American parents, Ces'Ari pronounced Chez-ah-ree, has always had a passion for learning a little bit of everything while maintaining close cultural ties. She graduated the University of California, Irvine with campus wide and political science honors attached to her B.A. in Political Science. The honors titles came from completing a senior thesis on the shared infrastructure between the United States and Mexico. Rather than jumping straight into law school after graduation, she decided to first give back to a community that had similar demographics to her own and thus, joined Teach For America (TFA) and relocated to Arizona during the height of SB 1070 tensions. While in TFA, Ces'Ari earned her M. Ed. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Science from Arizona State University and completed research on HB 2281, the ethnic studies ban in Arizona. The injustices that the Latino community faces propels Ces'Ari toward furthering her education as a means of gaining a louder voice to speak on behalf of the Latino community. She is currently studying for the LSAT and plans on attending law school in fall 2013. You can find more of Ces'Ari's writing on her personal blog.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. we care why?

  2. Can’t wait for the envious Latinas to start to critique her for not looking “Latina” enough when they have a pelo malo day! Hey, look at it this way, they didn’t cast Rosie Perez or JLo! Latinos, you wanted progress right? Well here’s your progress adelantando la Raza!

  3. is it really true?! I think she’s perfect!

  4. I called it the day I found out a movie was being made. Perfect match!

  5. You’ve come a long way baby! Women’s liberation was supposed to free females from the alleged bondage that feminist complained that men enslaved them with and now women are into the biggest craze that is basically men putting them back in bondage so they can get a thrill on their lady parts! Where I come from, the wise old Latina madres don’t call these women progressive or liberated, but instead they call them SUCIAS!

  6. Of course she’s perfect, no pelo malo and big butt there!

  7. ^^ What are you doing? Why would you make such a careless statement? Sometimes you really out do yourself. Having the CHOICE to have the type of sex one wants is hardly comparable to being forced to live day to day life the way someone else wants you to. They are not comparable at all. And this book is being pushed as an example of all SM relations. Not all are the same.

  8. Mommy-porn trash being turned into a movie. Lovely.

  9. WTF – Bunch of fucking neuters?! Why am I even surprised…

  10. But what does that tell you about the state of American women at the end of the day? What kind of role models are they going to be to their developing daughters when they see mommy reading a book about a woman that enjoys being tied up and dominated for sexual thrill? Oh, I forgot, the daughters are as perverted as the moms and are reading the book too? What message does this send to young boys, that all women like to be dominated and are promiscuous harlots ? But then we live in a society where because of the anti male philosophy of the feminist movement boys undergo a well orchestrated process of spiritual and physiological emasculation that spans from early childhood all the way into adulthood – by almost all facets of society (media, schools, human resource departments, the Federal Government).

  11. …so women can be as trashy and skanky as they want to be all in the name of progress and “choice” but then complain when men just see them as the sexual objects they have in the end made themselves out to be.

  12. Mario, i can understand. Being a light eyed latina, I am usually perceived as not being latina enough or label a “gringa”

  13. My sister is the same way and she was bullied and terrorized by the Chicanas and Puerto Rican Latinas for not looking the way they did.

  14. YES. Both parties are to learn that this can and should be done by CHOICE. Consenting adults making choices. From what I have read, this book masks unhealthy relationships with BDSM. What a person does in their community, in their job, with their family is up for question when we talk about what role models are – what you choose to do during intimacy is another. Do we want to question what is appropriate for what age – YES. I agree with discussing WHEN that should happen. Anti-male sentiment…hardly. Having men be accountable for how THEY behave is just as necessary as asking women to do the same. I’d venture to say that the church (xtian, cath, morm and bapt) has more blame in “spiritual and physiological emasculation” than the feminist movement does. That bit there is another discussion all together. YES – a person can express their sexual gratifications as long as ALL PARTIES are willing, consenting, awake, happy and of age to do so. What is so hard to understand about that concept? That is what we should be striving for – not that somehow the dominating class is automatically allowed another persons time, space, smiles, attention with no questions asked and when we do – we blow it out of proportion. It doesn’t have to be that way.

  15. I enjoyed the books but the movie is probably going to suck.

  16. Cris, wow, thanks for that very fair and balanced reply.

  17. Cris, wow, thanks for that very fair and balanced reply.

  18. Is that some sarcasm you are cooking there? :^P Seriously – do YOU think it is possible for a person to be able to have they type of sex they want and have it NOT interfere with other areas of their lives? I think that the reason this seems impossible, is because WE ALL create this caustic environment of ridicule when it comes to sex. I have a notion that the “god is watching” mentality is deeply engrained in our way of life and have a hard time coming to terms when people become aware of their kink. Just saying…

  19. Nope, no sarcasm. You are correct.

  20. Daniel Ruiz says:

    Mario you were doing good, then you went off the rails. At first you rightly call out the tendency of US Latinos to attack/dismiss Latinos who do not fit the weird US myth of being Latino (browish and/or Spanish last name). I myself have taken to this website to call people out on it. But then you use an ugly phrase with massive racist implications, “pelo malo”, to attack others. It is a disgusting phrase whose sole purpose is to make Latinos of African descent feel ashamed of their natural god given hair. Defending rubios against racism/colorism by using historical racist phrases against a separate group is employing a double standard on the matter.

Speak Your Mind