Eiza González has apologized after images of her in blackface from an old telenovela resurfaced on social media this week.
“I am deeply sorry and ashamed about having worn blackface makeup shown in the images circulating. As a 15-year-old child actor on my first job in a Mexican telenovela, I was pressured against my will, and with no negotiating power, I could not advocate for myself in the situation,” she told Page Six in an exclusive statement on Wednesday. “I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now.”
The photos were snapped from her role in “Lola, Érase Una Vez” (“Lola, Once Upon a Time”) when the now 30-year-old was a teenager in 2007.
The Mexican actress also addressed resurfaced images of her dressed as a geisha.
“The other image in question is from a trip I took to Japan. According to my host, it is considered an intercultural exchange to dress up in their traditional clothing and makeup,” the “Hobbs & Shaw” actress continued. “It is seen as an appreciation of their culture, however, I understand that out of context, this calls for a dialogue about contemporary cultural appropriation.”
González said she has faced racism and ignorance “throughout my life and career” and never meant to offend anyone.
“I would never intentionally participate in anything that I knew would cause harm or distress to another person,” she continued. “More than gestures of apology, it is my responsibility to educate myself and use my voice to stand up for others. And again I deeply apologize for hurting anyone.”
The offensive images resurfaced after photos of González and Timothée Chalamet kissing in Cabo hit the internet this week.
“@RealChalamet remember when @eizamusica did black face!?” tweeted one fan, who included the blackface photos. “🤮🤮 yeah disgusting #eizagonzalez.”
“So Timothée Chalamet is apparently hanging out and kissing Eiza González in Cabo [right now],” one Twitter user observed. “She has worn blackface and culturally appropriates without apologizing. I’m sorry but that ain’t it.”
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