Latinx organizations sign open letter vowing to ‘amplify the work’ of ‘Blue Beetle’ and other projects highlighting Latinx stories amid the Writers Strike
The letter was signed by 27 Latinx organizations,including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), LA Collab, Latino Film Institute, and UnidosUS.
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27 Latinx Hollywood organizations in an open letter to the public vowed to support the upcoming Warner Bros. film Blue Beetle and other upcoming projects highlighting Latinx stories and characters amid the writer’s strike that has resulted in the halting of mostly all television and film productions.
“Blue Beetle,” the first superhero movie directed and written by and starring Latinos is slated for an August 18 release; however, writers and actors are not able to promote their projects during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
In a Variety interview, “Blue Beetle” director Ángel Manuel Soto talked about the strikes and how it could affect the film’s overall box office performance. This especially since the star-studded cast, including breakout Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña, George Lopez and Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza won’t be able to go out and promote.
“We want the movie to succeed,” he said. “But I also want my actors and writers to be treated as they should. If that happens, we’ll have more stories like this. Things that are often deemed impossible are not.”
The Latinx orgs include the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), LA Collab, Latino Film Institute, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC).
The letter is a call to action with the hashtag #SupportLatinoCreatives that is meant to support creatives and their stories, as well as calls on the community to “amplify the work that countless Latino artists have worked so hard to create.”
“Stories are more than entertainment,” the letter begins. “They are a powerful tool for social change that fuels our collective movement to build a more equitable, just world for those who have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. Actors, writers, and directors are essential to this work. As we watch them do what they do best, we are reminded that their art influences how people think and feel about our communities – both at home and abroad. While we’re encouraged by some of the changes we have seen in recent years, we continue to deal with the repercussions from years of being actively erased and invisible on screen.”
Other films set to release later this year with a Latinx cast include Amazon’s “Cassandro” with Gael Garcia Bernal and Raul Castillo, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” with Rachel Zegler, and Netflix’s “Rustin” with Colman Domingo.
“Our stories are universal and need to be told,” the letter concludes. “Together, we must continue to advocate for a more equitable and inclusive industry, one that respects and honors our storytellers and stories.”