A Peruvian comedy show is facing backlash after featuring a segment with actors who appeared in blackface, mocking Jada and Will Smith. The show, which caused outrage when photos first circulated on Instagram, also shows the actors with exaggerated facial features.
The images were first seen on the Instagram page of Peruvian comedian Carlitos Vilchez but have since been deleted. Still, social media users sparked a discussion about Black people facing racism in the Latin community.
yeah and the latinos laughing it up in the comment section are the same ones who claim there’s no racism in latin america because everyone is “mixed” lol pic.twitter.com/1b636I0I6h— tony (@catrussy) April 3, 2022
It comes from a local Peruvian tv show almost no one knows it existence outside Peru.
Don't blame south Americans for its poor choices.
They also made a racist character named "Jacinta" to mock native bolivians and "Mama" to mock afro-american people. pic.twitter.com/h0pGGB6nXc
— 🇾🇪*Fake* Jordan Peterson (Cuenta Parodia) (@ViacomV) April 4, 2022
Others who have grown up in the Hispanic culture pointed to examples of racism they have seen among their own families.
Racism in Latin and Hispanic culture is alive and well, and no where near the issue it should be. People in my family still say stuff like “esta bonita, pero esta prietita” meaning “she’s pretty, but she’s a little dark”.
— Luis (@Lu_Cetina) April 4, 2022
I get told this all the time
— lisetita🧞♂️ (@analis3t) April 4, 2022
In 2012 I lived with a family during my Spanish immersion in Oaxaca. There was a stack of Memin Pinguin comics in the living room. I was shocked and appalled at these Jim Crow portrayals of blacks as monkeys an Aunt Jemima’s. I talked to the school, but nothing happened.
— Mamá de dos Perros 💛💚🐘⚾️🥃 (@bureaucrat2023) April 4, 2022
Facts I hear this dumb shit in my fam conversations 🤮🤮
— 💸💸💸 (@Theresamarieee_) April 4, 2022
Vilchez’s show features several other skits where actors wear wigs, costumes, large ears, masks and blackface.
Vilchez has more than 900,000 followers on Instagram and nearly the same amount on Facebook.