Exploring Narratives of Hate and Solidarity on Social Media: The Case of Yalitza Aparicio.


  • Yolanda López García Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


Yalitza Aparicio, hate speech, solidarity, social media, Mexicanness, digital practice


This article explores the hateful and solidarity-driven reactions directed towards Yalitza Aparicio, the first Indigenous woman nominated for Best Actress at the Oscar Awards (2019) for the film Roma (Cuarón 2018). Her fame and media presence in spaces where Indigenous women are not usually represented contributed to exposing everyday racism more explicitly in the public debate in Mexico.

The comments of hate and solidarity towards Aparicio reveal the entanglement between the imaginaries of coloniality and Mexicanness that are emebbed in everyday life in Mexico. This case study exposes, on the one hand, the continuity and domination of these imaginaries through everyday narratives in a postdigital context. On the other hand, it also shows the reconfiguration of the (digital) imagined community in Mexico.


Yolanda López García, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Yolanda López García,Dr., is a researcher and lecturer with an interdisciplinary background: Dr. phil from the Department of Intercultural Studies and Business Communication at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), Master’s degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations from the University of Osnabrück (Germany) and a Bachelor’s
degree in International Relations from ITESO (Mexico). Her research focuses on the impact of social imaginaries, migration, intercultural communication and digitalization in everyday life.





García, Y. L. (2022). Exploring Narratives of Hate and Solidarity on Social Media: The Case of Yalitza Aparicio. Interculture Journal: Online Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Studien, 21(36), 107–127. Abgerufen von https://interculture-journal.de/index.php/icj/article/view/445