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“I mean, you don’t look like you’re from there.”

by Isis Madrid

January 28, 2015

Venezuelan filmmaker and comedian Joanna Hausmann is so over people taking one look at her blue eyes, red hair, and white skin and asking her if she’s really Latina. With “Things White Latinos Are Sick of Hearing,” a digital short made for Flama, the New Yorker is taking a tongue-in-cheek stand against the awkward, clueless and borderline racist questions Latinos who don’t fit into the physical stereotype face in America.

“Are you adopted?” one dude asks, with not a shred of self awareness. “You’re like a Latina from Spain?” asks another guy, this time super casually in the break room at work. Hausmann takes the comments in stride, albeit some daggers can be spotted in her gaze if you look closely enough.

From the confusion and mini identity crisis brought on everytime one has to fill out ethnicity and race questions on strangely worded forms to the over the top shock that witnessing a white person speak fluent Spanish brings those around them, Hausmann nails what life is like for a whole lot of people. “This video has been a long time coming,” said the Second City alum. “#TheStruggleisReal.”

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“I mean, you don’t look like you’re from there.”