With an expanding string of strange quotes being attributed to her, Jessica Alba is gradually making the queer transition from sex symbol to self-loathing, Mexican sex symbol. Consider this Grand Wizard-esque tidbit: “I???ve got cousins galore. Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out.” Holy shit! Did she say “pop them out”? And then there’s this one:

“My grandfather…tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn???t speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose.”

I understand that people have a desire to assimilate and be accepted for who they are rather than what their ethnicity is. But talking about how proud you are to be a part of the generation that was finally able to get rid of that whole “Mexican” burden is fucked up on a variety of levels, each riddled with more shame than the one prior. Zapata’s mustache just fell off in Heaven.

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Comments (19)

No. 1 Dolores says:

A few years ago when she hosted one of the MTV awards (can’t recall which; the asine movie awards perhaps?) someone at MTV was quoted as saying that Jessica Alba, as nice as she was, was dumber than a bucket of rocks. We can’t expect all these girls/women to be intelligent and say meaningful things. Did she even finish high school? Hah. Place your bets, in 5 years or less, she’s gone, to be replaced by another younger, equally gorgeous airhead.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 11:13 am
No. 2 dejasade says:

She tries to sound intelligent..she really does. I’ll give her that. But, she obviously isn’t. She contradicts herself in many of her interviews. I think she did finish high school..and she’s getting so skinny, no one’s even paying attention to her anymore..

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 11:57 am
No. 3 JediBendu says:

Glad I got in early. As an AMERICAN of mexican descent, I am ECSTATIC to find out that I am not the only 3rd-Gen that feels this way. Remove that racist tag, by the way. There are 2 sides to this argument.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 11:58 am
No. 4 Cord Jefferson, MollyGood says:

Sorry, but there’s no argument as to whether or not saying “Mexican women pop them out” is racist.
Best,
Cord

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 12:01 pm
No. 5 Be Adequite says:

Her body- wowsa…Her face- meh…her attitude? Really shitty. Just because you’re hot doesn’t give you the right to be dumb, ignorant, and/or nasty.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 12:27 pm
No. 6 chellelee79 says:

“Pop them out”- ha! I will agree that it is racist, but I live in Texas, so I’m inclined to agree. As for the rest of the article- good for her. My great grandparents came from Ireland to live as Americans. And my guy is a 1st generation American who feels the same way she does. The people who will be offended by her statement are the assholes who boast their pedigree, such as “I’m part Irish, part French, part German, and part English” instead of saying “I’m American”.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 2:29 pm
No. 7 a8 says:

Eh, the Irish used to “pop them out,” the Italians, the Catholics. It’s not racist, it’s true - if they’re poor. As ethnic groups become wealthier and enter the middle class, they have fewer children. Just happens to be Mexicans right now.

As a 1/2 and 1/2, back in high school I really tried to identify with all of that, but I realized it’s totally not me, plus my Spanish sucks. But what is the point of all the racial/ethinc/historical labels, espeically if you want to immigrate to this country? I don’t get it.

I say good for her.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 3:42 pm
No. 8 blah says:

chellelle - thank you for saying that! my boyfriend is from ireland and he’s always amazed by all these americans who say they are this and that. everyone else refers to us as american’s not part’s of other cultures.

anyways, that whole self depricating act is just that - an act. “oh i’m such a nerd…i just want to wear sweatpants, i’m not pretty”. Shut the hell up. Suddenly it’s cool to talk about how “normal” you are when you make $10 million a picture and spend all day frolicking at the beach and collecting swag at movie opening. there’s nothing wrong with wanting to live a normal life, but when it’s obvious that you aren’t and yet you try to make yourself seem like your like everyone else, it almost seems like pandering to the masses.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm
No. 9 ah_push_it_good says:

racial draft representatives: “we the latinos are giving away jessica alba. you white folks can keep her.” her obviously retarded ass is not desired in representing the cool peeps. i mean seriously, to bite the hand that feeds her?! that’s just plain foolish, if only for her career. so she doesn’t identify with latinos on a cultural/emotional/psychological level? fine, but she can’t take away from the fact that homegirl LOOKS mexican. even as that blonde and blue-eyed chick from fantastic four jessica looks like one of those ghettofied latin party crew girls i went to high school with. so where IS the party girlfriend?

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm
No. 10 HONEYINTHELEXUS says:

How sad is that……Im 4th generation mexican, dont speak a lick of spanish yet I would never deny where I came from. I am proud of who I am…she should thank her lucky stars shes mexican otherwise she wouldnt have the unique look she has. Some of the most beautiful, exotic, sexy women are hispanic…Selma Hayek, Raquel Welch, Penelope Cruz, ME…….haha.
If she keeps up this negative attitude about her ethnicity, I hope her career goes down the tubes. Shes not actually doing superb movies anyway

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm
No. 11 imjusayin says:

Amen to HONEYINTHELEXUS, But you forgot to add me!!

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 5:34 pm
No. 12 metagroupie says:

hmm, does “American” include those living in Latin America? South America? Central America?

Sadly, she seems to be unintentionally provocative(substantively, of course). Thus, to debate her points is roughly equivalent to playing chess with a strong breeze — sure, the pieces may move, but can you really call that strategy?

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 8:52 pm
No. 13 Azraelle says:

Is calling her puta est??pida a bit much? ‘Cause I’ll stop if it is.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 9:07 pm
No. 14 celia says:

i feel sorry for her that she is unable to appreciate and value her ancestry.

Posted: Jun 15, 2007 at 10:16 pm
No. 15 hannah says:

i’m there with “blah”. i hate when celebrities say they want to be normal people when they take NO part in being “normal people.” they’re all the same with their “i am such a nerd, i love nerdy things, i’m an enormous klutzy geek.” they ALL do it. so irritating.

Posted: Jun 16, 2007 at 1:10 am
No. 16 MonicaNichole03 says:

I agree with her because I also get offended when people call me mexican or assume I can speak spanish or tell me I should be ashamed because I can’t. But she did say to many racist things. The mexicans pop them out comment may be true in some cases but it is still racist you can compare that to black people loving fried chicken or that white people can’t dance. True in some cases not all. I am sure the studio behind the Fantastic Four is really pissed with her right now.

Posted: Jun 16, 2007 at 2:54 pm
No. 17 a8 says:

Hey, HONEY … Raquel Welch is half Irish and half Bolivian, and Salma Hayek is half Lebanese and Spanish actually. … I think you’d better check your facts before you try to make claims about people’s ethnicity.

But Salma was born in Mexico and identifies herself as Mexican. Nobody blasts her for feeling that way and shunning her Middle Eastern/European roots.

And also, Jessica’s mom is Danish she doesn’t identify with Danes or speak that language either.

This is also why I think this whole argument is so lame. People are from all over and ethnicities blend together as people move around the globe now, so why should someone be forced to identify with something they don’t?!?

Posted: Jun 17, 2007 at 5:26 pm
No. 18 April says:

Why?

My fiancee is of italian heritage but born her, me irish (3 gen) but born here. Our family cultures are VERY different… I learn more everyday but both sets of our paretns were raised here in the US. We have lots of similarities BUT a lot of differences in traditions and foods (each haveing some the other has never even heard of). byt he way, did i mention growing up we were neighbors? so clearly not a regional thing.

Most “Americans” dont deny thier amernicaness and abroad they will say they are US citizens or americans (which obviously overbroad) but its here where everyone is different because of their ancestry that they mention it.

that comment was narrowminded and really offensive. I hate to think im stupid just because i embrace my families past. I like to think i earn my stupidity for my thoughts, beliefs, and comments and SPELLING.

Posted: Jun 18, 2007 at 10:29 am
No. 19 mendomanda says:

ya know what, I’m glad someone came out and said it. I am half Mexican (last name is Lopez and earthing) I hate it when people assume that cuz i live in Cali. (and from my last name) that I speak Spanish. I have no ties to the Mexican heritage, but i love my family. Mexicans DO HAVE A LOT OF KIDS. but why is it that no one points out that most Mexicans are Catholic? In the Catholic religion you are only supposed to have sex to have children, not for pleasure. People come here to get away from Mexico, and that way of life. The people who come over here want their children to be raised “American” and the fact of it is when your half white and half Mexican you will get teased as a child. So the parents are only trying to protect them and give them a better life. Maybe you should be in her shoes before you try to bash her.

Posted: Jun 19, 2007 at 5:50 pm

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