Actress Eva Longoria will support The Brown Ribbon Campaign with other prominent Latinos asking Academy Award attendees to wear brown ribbons to bring awareness to the lack of Latino representation in the Oscars and Hollywood in general.
"I can't wait for the day when "diversity" isn't just the hot topic of the moment, but a true reality that is reflected on screen," says Eva Longoria. "The change is coming and I am happy to be a part of it."
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The campaign asks fans to support the campaign via social media using hashtags #HollywoodBrownout and #BrownRibbonCampaign. The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) will also promote and feature brown ribbons at its annual Impact Awards Gala on February 26.
"The entertainment industry has much work to be done when it comes to accurately reflecting our diverse society," said Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), "One area that has received far too little attention is the near-total exclusion of the nation's largest minority group, Latinos; the brown-ribbon campaign brings attention to an inexplicably neglected issue in Hollywood."