Edward James Olmos Criticizes Jennifer Lopez For Lack Of "Latino-ness"

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Edward James Olmos has always been a strong voice in the Latino community, pushing Hispanic values and culture through his work in Hollywood. In a recent interview with Telemundo's Suelta La Sopa, he spoke about his Latino pride -- and commented on other actor's lack of dedication to their culture. 

"Being Latino -- I love it," Olmos, 67, said in Spanish. "I love being Latino. It's a love that i have that comes from a deep sense of pride."

According to Fox News Latino, the Mexican-American actor said Latinos have a responsibility to promote their culture -- something that many actors have failed to do. Olmos singled out his Selena co-star Jennifer Lopez. He said her role in the iconic movie catapulted her to a "stardom that she would not have been able to reach without that film."

"I told her, 'You have to understand that the future is in your hands, and I hope you use it not only to advance who you are, but also to promote what we represent as Latino women and men," Olmos said. "She has done a lot of things, but she has not dedicated herself to her culture, and that is the most important thing to me."

The actor also discussed Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia, saying that while many actors express their roots, "they don't like the limitations of being a Latino; they only want to be artists."

"I am a Latino artist," Olmos said. 

Wow -- do you agree with his comments about Jennifer Lopez and Andy Garcia? Sound off in the comments!

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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