Eiza González issues an apology after past photos of her dressed as women of other races have resurfaced.
Recently, social media users began circulating questionable images of the “Baby Driver” actress, one where she is dressed in blackface, and two others where she is dressed as a geisha — a female Japanese entertainer.
In her statement, the 30-year-old explains that the blackface photo is from 2007 when she starred in the telenovela “Lola, Érase Una Vez,” which translates to “Lola, Once Upon a Time.”
“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 explained. “I wish I had the voice and knowledge then that I have now.”
With regard to the photos of her dressed as a geisha, González says those are from a trip to Japan in which a host reportedly told her that it was appropriate to dress as a Japanese woman.
“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,” she said. “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, who says she herself has experienced racism and ignorance as a Mexican woman and immigrant, contends she would “never intentionally participate in anything that I knew would cause harm or distress to another person.”
“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,” she concluded.
Earlier this week, González was spotted in Cabo San Lucas with rumored new boyfriend Timothée Chalamet.