John Leguizamo Says He Continues Lobbying for the National Latino Museum and Why It’s Important

BY: 
Rachel
 | May 3, 2023

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Actor and comedian John Leguizamo is advocating for more Latino representation. He has chosen this mission to fight for a fair and notable rendition of this community that contributes daily to the United States.

The Colombian-American, who has appeared in over 100 films, visited Washington, D.C. to lobby for the National Latino Museum, a project the actor told People Magazine he wants to be involved in before he dies.

During the exclusive interview, which took place at Tammy Haddad’s annual “Garden Brunch” ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Leguizamo said he is planning to talk to lawmakers and thrust a good location for the museum.

“It’s stalled as to the location,” the comedian told People Magazine. “We don’t want the museum to be miles out of here because it makes us feel like second-class like it doesn’t matter. We need to be on the (National) Mall because we’re that important. We contributed 500 years.”

According to Leguizamo, Latino representation in the United States is still minimal

Although Hispanos make up 20 percent of the population, John Leguizamo says that number is not reflected in industries such as film, entertainment, politics, and journalism.

“It’s pathetic. I mean, white people are only 59 percent of the population, but so they should inhabit what? How much real estate should they have? At least, let’s say, 60 percent. We’re at 20 percent of the population and less than two percent of the politicians, less than two to three percent of the leading roles, less than one percent of the editors and journalists,” he told the publication.

John Leguizamo added that he’s advocating and demanding that this 20 percent be shown on primetime television since Latinos also contribute to this industry. In a recent TMZ interview, the actor even said he’s boycotting the new Super Mario movie due to the lack of Latinx representation.

“They (film executives) need to greenlight our projects. I keep pitching, and they keep denying, and they keep having excuses,” the Colombo-americano told People.

Fans can catch the star touring the country in his new MSNBC series “Leguizamo Does America.”

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