Exploring Narratives of Hate and Solidarity on Social Media: The Case of Yalitza Aparicio / Yolanda López García


Yolanda López García

Year: 2022

Interculture journal : Online-Zeitschrift für interkulturelle Studien

Keywords: Yalitza Aparicio, hate speech, solidarity, social media, Mexicanness, digital practice
Language(s): English

This article explores the hateful and solidarity-driven reactions directed towards Yalitza Aparicio, the first Indigenous woman nominated for Best Actress at the Oscar Awards (2019) for the film Roma (Cuarón 2018). Her fame and media presence in spaces where Indigenous women are not usually represented contributed to exposing everyday racism more explicitly in the public debate in Mexico. The comments of hate and solidarity towards Aparicio reveal the entanglement between the imaginaries of coloniality and Mexicanness that are emebbed in everyday life in Mexico. This case study exposes, on the one hand, the continuity and domination of these imaginaries through everyday narratives in a postdigital context. On the other hand, it also shows the reconfiguration of the (digital) imagined community in Mexico.


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