20 Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos in 2015

It was hard to be Latino in the U.S. this year.

Donald Trump called Mexicans rapists and drug-runners and built a presidential campaign around his and the U.S.’ anti-Latino racism and xenophobia. Puerto Rico is weathering a devastating economic crisis that Congress, which helped create the calamity, doesn’t want to fix. Thousands of Central American women and children are anguishing in prison-like immigration detention centers across the U.S., with thousands more deported back to their violent homelands, ripping Latino-American families apart. Gentrification kicked us out of our neighborhoods. Trans Latinas were killed. Police murdered unarmed Latinos, including queer teen Jessie Hernandez. We weren’t safe on the street, in parks, on the train, at restaurants, in grade school or on college campuses.

While 2015 was undoubtedly tough, Latino celebs did speak out against the atrocities our community experienced. Let’s tip our hats to them before this año comes to an end.

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1. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

In August, Puerto Rican salsero Marc Anthony took to Twitter to send Donald Trump a message. “What does it matter how much money you have when everything that comes out of your mouth isn’t worth 2 cents” he tweeted. Anthony added in Spanish: “Latinos, it’s time to show who we are!!!!”

2. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Mexico-born actress Salma Hayek has had a lot to say about the Donald herself, but nothing beats the time she posted a photo of herself on Instagram armed with a stick and a Trump Piñata.

3. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Tired of all the anti-Latino, anti-immigrant rhetoric of 2015, Dominican-Puerto Rican actress Zoe Saldana sent a message to xenophobic America: “You can’t kill us. You can’t send us back. We are millions and millions here because it is our time to migrate,” our December-January cover girl told Latina magazine. “We are the youngest culture. We are doing what your people did. So shut up and just deal with it. Adjust your laws, because it’s not going away.”

4. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Writing for Huffington Post Latino Voices, Honduran actress America Ferrera reminded presidential candidates that “without the Latino vote, there is no chance of you ever winning this election.”

5. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Puerto Rican actress Gina Rodriguez shot down intra-Latino hate and schooled folks who said she wasn’t “Latina enough.” “I am as Latina as they come. And I am not defined by anybody's definition of Latina. I don't actually sit in a definition. I walk in my world, happily and confidently,” the "Jane the Virgin" star said on Huff Post Live

6. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Venezuelan-Colombian actor and funny man Wilmer Valderrama got serious this year, calling immigration “the single greatest thing to happen to this country” in an op-ed for Huffington Post Latino Voices

7. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Not long after Trump dropped those very controversial “rapist” and criminal comments about mexicanos, Mexican-American artist Becky G dropped a single dedicated to the Republican frontrunner called “We Are Mexico.” In the song, the 18-year-old star shows Trump what her people are really about. “Hard work, double time, overtime, two jobs, working till our heads hurt, but we ain’t never late to pay the bills. Mother said, ‘Always follow your heart, make sure you keep your head above the water,’ and I promised her I always will,” she raps.

8. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

In his own op-ed for Univision and Billboard, Puerto Rican megastar Ricky Martin told the Latino community "enough is enough." He called for all Latinos to "show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation. Let’s demand respect for those first generations of Latinos who came to the United States and opened a path for us. We have fought for every right that we have today."

9. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

This year, Mexican band Maná told Latinos to fight for immigration reform with their vote. More recenty, the group told viewers of the Latin Grammys that "United Latinos: Don't vote for racists." 

10. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Colombian actor and comedian John Leguizamo told Yahoo News Live that he’d never watch "Saturday Night Live" again if they have Trump host an episode. He said: "I'm all for freedom of speech, don't get me wrong. I believe in freedom of speech. This is different. This is celebrating somebody.”

11. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Mexican funny man George Lopez brought the real with the laughs with his Donaldo Trumpez parodies. 

12. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sanchez ditched hosting the Miss USA contest this year to show her solidarity with the larger Latino community against Trump, who at the time co-owned the pageant. 

13. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

This year, Puerto Rican-Cuban actress and activist Rosario Dawson continued work with her nonpartisan organization Voto Latino, prepping for a launch for the 2016 election. 

14. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Half-Mexican, half-African American singer Miguel told the country this year that it would be “f**king ignorant” to vote for Trump.

15. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Dominican actress Dania Ramirez made a documentary this year about her own family’s immigration story, highlighting the struggles and sacrifices made for the “Devious Maid” star to live a better life. 

16. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Diane Guerrero has taught us all a lot about immigration this year. The Colombian-American "Orange is the New Black" actress opened up about her parents' deportation in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, and has been advocating for immigration reform ever since.

17. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Mexican actor and filmmaker Diego Luna reminded us that anti-Latino racism is here, saying “physical aggressions against Hispanics and repeated calls to prohibit the public use of the Spanish language have already started."

18. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

This year, Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin pulled out of his coveted performance at the Miss USA pageant over Trump’s controversial comments, even saying that Latinos are “asking to be respected.”

19. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Shakira held no punches when it came to criticizing Trump this year. The colombiana called his speech “hateful and racist,” considering it an attempt “to divide a country.” The singer also tweeted: “No one living in this century should stand behind so much ignorance.” 

20. Celebrities Who Used Their Voice for Latinos

Even our November cover girls Fifth Harmony had some thoughts about the Donald. Cuban-Mexican singer Camila Cabello told Latina magazine that Trump's comments were "disgusting," and cubana Lauren Jauregui urged Latinos to get involved in the voting process. “We have the mass majority, and if young people don’t get involved in the voting process, then Trump’s going to win,” Jauregui said. “He’s catering to a portion of Americans -- the racist ones. It’s little things like that. If I can get 20 more girls to vote than that’s 20 more votes against something that could be negative.”