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?