“Jane the Virgin’s” Gina Rodriguez won the award for best actress in a comedy. In her acceptance speech, she said that the award meant the world to her Latino community. “This award is so much bigger than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes,” Rodriguez said through tears while accepting her award. “My dad used to tell me, ‘Today’s a great day, you can and you will,’” she said. “Well, dad, today’s a great day, and I can and I did!”
Some may think: “What’s the big deal? She’s beautiful and talented and those types get the jobs and win awards.”
However, many beautiful and talented people of color have been kept out of main stream media through excuses that ‘White’ will sell more tickets. This is another stepping stone in the right direction in moving toward inclusion and pushing back against xenophobic excuses of why people of color can not have roles in main stream movies and TV.