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Gina Rodriguez calls out fellow Latinos for lack of support (PHOTO)

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Gina Rodriguez weighs in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy with Movement Monday

More actors are getting on board with protesting this year's Oscars for its lack of nominees of color.

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The latest is Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, who has started a new movement that aims to draw attention to the small number of Latino actors who are nominated for the awards.

In a post to Instagram that she calls Movement Monday, Rodriguez paired a photo of Latino actor Oscar Isaac, who starred in 2015's Ex Machina, with a challenge to the "55 million Latinos in this country" to create a more diverse Hollywood amid "all this Oscar talk."

"With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen," she wrote. "There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv [sic] show soar to the highest viewers possible."

Movement Monday's. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again "Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other" and sadly that is true. I'm not saying go and see a movie you don't like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can't just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino artist we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!

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Rodriguez's theory? If movies starring Latino actors made more money, they'd be more likely to bring in award nominations.

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"My solution is this, support is needed," she wrote. "Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back."

And she wants the movement to start with Latino moviegoers.

"I am told time and time again 'Latinos don't watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other,' and sadly that is true," she explained. "The industry sees money, the excuse can't just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community"

She also revealed that she plans to share a photo of a new Latino artist every Monday to continue the conversation.

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Do you support Gina Rodriguez's Movement Monday?

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