Salma Hayek Is 'Proud To Be Mexican'

August 24, 2012 By:
Salma Hayek Is 'Proud To Be Mexican'

The Mexican stunner is adding a footnote to her previous statement…

After news broke of Salma Hayek’s controversial comments that she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican," the From Dusk Till Dawn actress is speaking up in her defense.

Salma’s publicist, Cari Ross, released the following statement to the Associated Press.

"I have never denied my background or my culture," the statement reads. "I have taught my child to embrace her Mexican heritage.”

The statement goes on in detail about what exactly she has done to embrace those roots, including to love the Spanish language, “to learn about Mexican history, music, folk art, food, and even the Mexican candy I grew up with.”

Though, Salma did not go as far as to deny the statement that she made in the Vogue Deutsch.

“I have always been an active part of my community. I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride,” the statement continues. “It saddens me when my words are lost in translation and taken out of context to hurt the people of Mexico, whom I love."

As Hollyscoop previously reported, Salma’s initially quote that was featured in the German-language mag, seemed to put down her roots.

“I am proud to have been involved in this film with all these great actors,” Hayek said. “Honestly, I hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican. My life is completely different now."

Though the comment was admittedly way out of character for the Mexican actress, it did get a lot hate from Hispanic bloggers and Twitter users, who likened the meaning to her glamorous lifestyle, especially since her marriage to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault.

As we guessed the comment – which was in reference to the production of 2000’s film Traffic – likely came off harsher than it was intended due to Spanish – to English – to German translation…