Back in May, Lifetime announced they would be working on a movie about Griselda Blanco a.k.a. La Madrina or Black Widow.
Blanco was a drug lord of the Medellín Cartel, who pioneered the drug trade in Miami during the 1970s. Known for her ruthless killings, the Colombian kingpin earned the name "Black Widow" after killing her husband, Alberto Bravo.
With successful series like Narcos, which chronicles the rise and fall of cartels, it's not surprising other networks are releasing their own drug-themed movies and TV shows. But what caught everyone by surprised about Lifetime's Cocaine Godmother was that a non-Latina playing the role of Blanco. Acadamy Award-winning actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones, joined the film based on the life of Blanco.
Though the mother-of-two has had experience playing the role of a drug kingpin in her 2000 film "Traffic," many took to Twitter to voice their disappointment over the network casting the Welsh actress and not a Latina.
Word sooo many bad ass Latina Actresses out there and they chose Catherine Zeta Jones to play Griselda Blanco ...she’s pretty and a good actress and all but still, there are so many Latinas out there that could have played the part
— drayuhhh.makeup (@infra5tructure_) January 16, 2018
What the hell was @lifetimetv thinking casting Catherine Zeta Jones as Columbian godmother of cocaine, griselda Blanco. What a disgrace.. plenty of Latina actresses could have been casted for the role. The fake spanish accent is already horrible from the previews I've saw.
— B. Childs (@childish_b91) January 18, 2018
But my question is : WHY is Catherine Zeta-Jones playing Griselda Blanco when there is a plethora of talented Latina actors that could’ve played the role? who better to play a Latina badass than a LATINA? What’s up with that @lifetimetv ? She don’t even speak Spanish. Disgrace.
— Nicole Torres (@nicolemelina) January 16, 2018
What are your thoughts on having a non-Latina playing the Colombian drug lord?