Mexican Comedian Receives Backlash for "Brownface" during Yalitza Aparicio Skit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A television personality for the Mexican media conglomerate Televisa is facing strong criticism after dressing up in "brownface" to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio.
Televisa's Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of herself on social media wearing brown skin paint and a prosthetic nose in an apparent parody of Aparicio, who attended the Oscars last week after being nominated for best actress.
The stunt highlighted what some scholars say are the racist attitudes that indigenous people still face in Latin American media.
Rosales drew immediate condemnation in Mexico and the U.S. She defended her actions, posted photos of herself in blackface and said she parodies people of all races.
Televisa spokesman Alejandro Olmos did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press.
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