Earlier this week, the world collectively lost its mind when they found out that the "Power Rangers" reboot made its yellow ranger the first openly gay big-screen superhero.
But singer and actress Becky G — who is portraying the historic role — doesn't understand the hype around her character's sexuality.
“I think it’s something really beautiful. It makes me sad that it’s such a big deal because I feel it could have been done such a long time ago. It makes me really proud," she said.
She's right. The film industry is exclusionary when it comes to LGBTQ representation and it needs to do better.
Becky G also understands the impact of being a Latina superhero — a role that doesn't perpetuate Latinx stereotypes.
Her sentiments around her character's sexual identity also mirrors how she feels about being being a Latina in this film. She told Teen Vogue, "It's huge. It's so big. I'm so proud of my roots and where I come from. [...] There's not much of a presence of Latinos in the entertainment business in general. To be a part of this path that not many have been able to walk is just...it's mind-blowing."
Only 5.8% of Latinxs are represented in TV and film, and they are filling the parts that Hollywood has pigeonholed them into: maids, nannies, and drug dealers.
Hopefully Becky G's wave-making character isn't the last time we'll see Latinas breaking barriers in the industry.
We can only continue to go up from here.