Jamie Lee Curtis Facing Backlash For Ana de Armas Comments

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“I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman.”

Many remember actor Ana de Armas from her stellar performance as Marta in 2019’s Knives Out. But prior to appearing in that film, she had already been in others like Blade Runner 2049, War Dogs, and Knock Knock, as well as numerous Spanish-language productions dating back to 2006.


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But despite her over 15 years of experience, Knives Out costar Jamie Lee Curtis recently told Elle as part of Ana de Armas’s cover story that she assumed de Armas was an “inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman” prior to meeting her.


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“I assumed — and I say this with real embarrassment — because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived,” Curtis said. “I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?’”


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Curtis goes on to say that she was impressed by de Armas and offered to introduce her to Steven Spielberg to play Maria in West Side Story. She also offered to introduce her to Curtis’s godchildren, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, and was surprised to hear de Armas already knew Jake.


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Given de Armas has appeared in Estée Lauder campaigns, Curtis added, “She is not as fancy as maybe the advertisements would have you believe. She leans in, interested; talking to her is kind of give-and-take. She’s curious and asks a lot of questions.”


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Ana will be appearing as Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s upcoming film Blonde, and given that Jamie’s father, Tony Curtis, starred opposite Marilyn in Some Like It Hot, de Armas didn’t pass up the opportunity to show Curtis photos of her as Marilyn. “She showed me a picture of her as Marilyn,” Curtis said. “My father was in Some Like It Hot, and I have a lot of photos of my father and Marilyn. It was a couple of still pictures and one video of her moving through space with no audio. But it was so shocking because she was Marilyn.”

Curtis is now facing backlash for her initial assumptions about de Armas, especially from Latinos who have to deal with these same assumptions on a daily basis.

The casual racism of Jamie Lee Curtis re; Ana De Armas is… both infuriating and totally expected. It’s cringy as hell, and also exactly in line with how Americans are told and taught to think about both Cuba specifically and Hispanic people generally.


Twitter: @Lucianowrites

Jamie Lee Curtis really showed her white savior complex, for the poor little Latina from Cuba, with her whole fucking chest when talking about Ana de Armas. Imagine having the audacity to say something like this? In this economy? It’s baffling…🙈 https://t.co/UN6VNR1daZ


Twitter: @TheAltSource / Via @riancjohnson / instagram.com

Jamie Lee Curtis assumed Ana de Armas was “unsophisticated” because she’s a young latina immigrant. It’s this type of attitude/thinking that leads to Hispanic women being the most underpaid demographic in the US. https://t.co/wgYThdsEkp


Twitter: @alix_iconic

Even if she had just come from Cuba- I assume Jamie Lee Curtis is the one without the sophistication to know how deeply rich & sophisticated Cuban culture is. https://t.co/r4ifpYLrUq


Twitter: @StorytellAre

Ultimately, most believe that this wasn’t exactly something Curtis should have even shared.

I will never understand why celebrities continue to insist on being casually racist out loud.

Shutting up is free. https://t.co/dNAmssjvHv


Twitter: @lizziethat / Via @riancjohnson / instagram.com

this was the weirdest part of the elle interview and SUCH an awful thing for jamie lee to admit to?? like obviously she loves ana, but this is an awful cultural-assumption and basically blatant racism 💀💀 https://t.co/UeORJ3Ykat


Twitter: @dylanwithfish / Via @riancjohnson / instagram.com

I really think some celebs just shouldn’t talk. Lol. Reading Jamie Lee Curtis’s preconceived notions of Ana De Armas is gross. You thought she was “unsophisticated” because she had just moved from Cuba? GTFO.


Twitter: @Hey_KayKay

Jamie has not responded to the backlash, but we will update you if she does. You can read Elle’s full Ana de Armas cover story here.

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/pablovaldivia/jamie-lee-curtis-ana-de-armas-backlash