I just heard on the news that Celine Dion was going to headline the next Latin Grammy Awards. The person on the radio reading this seemed to say it with a bit of a smirk - as if it were some sort of joke that she would headline the Latin Grammies.
Well it was a rock station, maybe the DJ just thinks all awards shows with Celine Dion are a joke - which may be true. But my first thought was Celine Dion is French Canadian, and is a big star in French speaking countries for singing in French, so there shouldn’t be anything funny about that. Isn’t French another descendant of Latin? I know in school those of us who spoke Spanish could be taught French in half the time people who only spoke English could…just as I am sure an English speaker could learn Dutch faster than a Spanish only speaker. So why do people seem to think that “Latin” is a synonym for “Spanish” or “Hispanic” when Italian, French, Portuguese, and Romanian people are just as Latin?