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Mexican television actress faces backlash for ‘brownface,’ highlights country’s history of colorism in media

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Mexican television personality faced backlash after dressing up in “brownface” and wearing a prosthetic nose to imitate Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, of Oscar-winning Netflix movie “Roma.”

Televisa’s Yessica Rosales, from the show “La Parodia” (The Parody), posted a photo of herself on Twitter in brown skin paint, thick lips and a prosthetic nose as an apparent parody of Aparicio, wearing the same gown she wore at the Oscars last month.

The sketch featuring Rosale’s portrayal of Aparicio was supposed to air on the show’s season premiere.

In an email to the Associated Press, Televisa spokesman Alejandro Olmos said the network strongly condemns any form of racism or discrimination

“We do not believe that the production of La Parodia engages in this type of practice,” Olmos said in Spanish, adding that some of the comments were made in “bad taste” and will be edited out from the show. 

Televisa also deleted a separate tweet with a video of Rosales in brownface, mimicking Aparicio.

Twitter quickly took notice.

“This is racist. In the way you are treating Ms. Aparicio gives much to think about. I hope you get better guidance as you are excusing attitude is part of the problem. Such bad class,” said Camila Fortier.

“I don’t discriminate,” Rosales responded, with a series of memes in Spanish via Twitter. “I interpret all skin colors, races and ages that exist in the world.”

In one of the images she asks, “So, what skin color am I suppose use so I don’t offend you?” In another she asks, “Why wasn’t anyone offended when I portrayed Donna Summer?”

Rosales also went as far to tweet a tutorial for blackface and said it was art.

William Nericcio, a professor at the Center for Latin American Studies at San Diego State University, tells AP that he isn’t surprised by Rosales’ actions, given

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