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Opinion
Antonio Navalón
Antonio Navalón The Red Carpet If Leonardo DiCaprio wins the Oscar, it will cause us to think about the problems that he could have for collaborating with a Mexican
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For the third consecutive Hollywood event, millions of spectators and the film industry will be waiting to find out if one of our compatriots will win the Oscars for the best picture of the year.

Without a doubt, it is a very exciting moment. In 2014 Alfonso Cuarón and last year Alejandro Gozález Iñárritu have placed us in the epicenter of global attention with other filmmakers in an important cultural event for the seventh art.

But this year the event has an additional element, because Iñárritu is one of the enemies of the Republican aspiring to be President of the United States, who has decided that, on the other side of the river, we only deserve concrete, police and bullets.

While this aspirer called Donald Trump promotes building walls, a part of the world can celebrate the undeniable opportunity that the work of a Mexican has in the Hollywood film industry.

This will be a moment different from last year, when people made jokes about if Iñárritu had his green card or not as he received his Oscar. Because now they will joke about how many movie personalities it will take to destroy the wall promised by the force from the North, who is incarnated in a New Yorker-turned presidential candidate.

However, the important thing is that art is capable of knocking down walls and that the experiences and the work of artist serve on both sides of the border.

Another relevant aspect is that if Leonardo DiCaprio wins the Oscar, it will cause us to think about the problems that he could have for collaborating with a Mexican, remembering Joseph McCarthy’s terrible blacklist era.

Hollywood suffered the consequences of that racist time called McCarthyism ― anticommunist prosecution driven by the United States during the Cold War, in which some of cinema’s greatest, like director Elia Kazan, never recovered because of the fear or cowardice of his companions.

Now, the motive for discrimination will not be for being a part of the communist party, but for having a deal with a Mexican. However, we have to trust in the strength that artists and the cultural world have in avoiding that the first brick be laid in the wall.

The construction for the wall that will be built on incomprehension, ignorance and arrogance already began the first day they called us drug addicts and rapists, denying us the right that we have to be a fundamental part of building potential greatness in the North.

Iñárritu is one of the enemies of the Republican aspiring to be President of the United States, who has decided that, on the other side of the river, we only deserve concrete, police and bullets.”

-Antonio Navalón

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