Latina Magazine has a few issues with Fox’s top-rated show “Empire.” So many issues, they created a listicle of sorts to break down just what’s wrong with the show. Although their post is titled “10 Things Empire Gets Wrong About The Hip-Hop Industry,” one of the gripes they have is that the show doesn’t showcase Latino actors.

From Latina.com:

Where are the Latinos?

Though it’s an exciting, juicy, melodramatic show, Empire does the Latino community a huge disservice by positioning the entire hip-hop business as black and white — literally. In the pilot episode, when Lucious announces the upcoming IPO, he looks upon a conference room filled with black executives, with only two or three white businessmen in the group. The same is true of the A&R executives over which Anika (played by Grace Gealey) presides in the “False Imposition” episode. There are plenty of Latino publicists, managers, agents, lawyers, and executives within every record label, so why don’t we see any on the show? Not a single one? C’mon now! To ignore the Latino community in a series centered on hip-hop music is to perpetuate the myth that, somehow, we weren’t involved in the birth and evolution of this genre, which is not only offensive, but also inaccurate.

I guess the same thing can be asked about Latina.com, and its former print magazine. How many times did they feature Afro-Latina models besides LaLa from MTV? Nearly never.

Is it up to “Empire” to include every ethnicity in the show? It’s not as though Black people are always featured in telenova’s on Telemundo or Univision? Next, you’ll have Asians complaining they’re not included either!

Clutchettes, what do you think about their comments? Should Latinos be included on “Empire”?

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  • Hypestyles

    It’s a valid observation, as well as a valid counterpoint.

    While watching the first season, I remember having a passing
    thought at one point that in season two there should be a storyline involving a
    Latin division of the label and the involvement of some characters modeled
    after Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony or Pitbull. Also, up until the point that
    the Vernon character was killed, I was hoping that in season two there would be
    some way to bring in Michael DeLorenzo in a recurring role (New York Undercover Forever!). Then again, I guess they still could do that!

    Given the modest episode order as well as the initial
    unknown proposition of whether this series would get renewed, I could see how
    the lack of inclusion could fly over the heads over the production principals,
    who may not know the depths of hip-hop’s history: So whoever has the contact info for Ilene Chaiken, Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, let them know.

    Hopefully, at the fan level this won’t degenerate into a
    bunch of scorched-earth racial catcalls. Or maybe it already has. Oh, well…