The actor and singer, who formerly starred in “Grey’s Anatomy” and identifies as non-binary, posted a statement on social media in response to a review published on The Cut, which the Instagram post referred to as “The Hack Job.”
Ramírez admitted to having “been thinking long and hard” about how to respond to The Cut’s June profile, which the star said was “‘written by a white gen z non-binary person who asked me serious questions, but expected a comedic response I guess (?).”
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“I am not the fictional characters I have played, nor am I responsible for the things that are written for them to say. I am a human being, an artist, an actor,” Ramírez continued in the post.
“We are living in a world that has become increasingly hostile toward anyone who dares to free themselves from the gender binary, or disrupt the mainstream.”
The profile in question was written by Brock Colyar, who also identifies as non-binary.
The lengthy critique said, in part, that Che inspired “eye-rolling from the (mostly younger) queer people I know, who found the character a hyperbolized, hypercringe representation of nonbinary identity.” The writer goes on to ask if the Max show “was just being cheeky and trolling us all about how self-serious we get over the politics of representation on a fizzy sitcom.”
Ramirez responds to the criticism in Colyar’s piece by saying, “Anybody who benefits from patriarchy is going to have a problem with Che Diaz,” and later wrote, “Opinions about whether Che is representing an authentically queer person or not is not for me to answer.”
The “And Just Like That” star also said of the profile, “I trust that those of you who matter, who are not petulant children, who are smart enough to catch on to what was actually going on there, can perceive it for what it is: an attempt to mock my thoughtfulness and softness, while dismissing a valid existence and real human being in favor of tv show critiques that belonged elsewhere.”
“I have a dry sense of humor and a voice. And I am not afraid to use either,” Ramírez said.
Che has divided TV audiences since season one. Ramírez defended the character back then when Che was dubbed “the indisputable worst character on television” by The Daily Beast.
“I’m very aware of the hate that exists online, but I have to protect my own mental health and my own artistry,” the star said. “And that’s way more important to me because I’m a real human being. I’m really proud of the representation that we’ve created. We have built a character who is a human being, who is imperfect, who’s complex, who is not here to be liked, who’s not here for anybody’s approval. They’re here to be themselves.”