Eva Amurri Martino is hitting back at the backlash surrounding her daughter’s Mexican-themed birthday party.
Martino, the daughter of Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri, took to Instagram on Monday to clear the air after a series of photos from her 5-year-old daughter Marlowe’s “Cinco de Marlowe” party caused controversy.
Martino’s followers called out the pics that showed kids wearing sugar skull face paint and swinging at a piñata.
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CINCO DE MARLOWE! 🤩💚🎉🌮 We had the best celebration for our best girl…even in the sweltering heat. Feeling super grateful for good friends who will party even when they’re melting…as long as they’re fed frozen margs which honestly, is a small price to pay 😂 The whole party will be on the blog soon! #HappilyEvaAfter #CincoDeMarlowe #HappyBirthdayMarlowe #TacoPinata 📷: @juliadags
“With everything going on in this political climate, I thought now would be a great time to celebrate Mexico and the role it has had in our country culturally,” Martino, 34, wrote, adding that her daughter, Marlowe, is “obsessed with Mexico” since growing up with caretakers from the country and watching Disney’s 2017 animated film “Coco.”
Martino claims that Marlowe spoke Spanish before she knew English, which “made me really proud.”
“Of course this party was a rudimentary representation of Mexican culture since it was for young kids,” Martino continued. “This aside, we don’t only think it’s important to highlight the beauty of Mexican culture, or the horrors of the attack on Mexicans of late, with a birthday party.”
She later added that they only picked the theme “because of a love for Mexico and its people and a desire to celebrate in the midst of a lot of hate.”
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A little note on our Mexican themed party for Marlowe: with everything going on in this political climate, I thought now would be a great time to celebrate Mexico and the role it has had in our country culturally. Anybody who knows Marlowe knows she is obsessed with Mexico- she has had incredible Latin women taking care of her from three weeks old, and one in particular from Mexico who would always call her “cinco de Marlowe” on May 5th. Spanish was actually Marlowe’s first language before English, which made me really proud that she was getting so much from another culture. We moved from Los Angeles, but when the movie Coco came out, Marlowe loved it and felt really connected to it because she had heard about a lot of the themes of the movie from people she cares about. She wanted all these things brought together for her fifth birthday since she was finally, actually turning “cinco”! Of course this party was a rudimentary representation of Mexican culture since it was for young kids. This aside, we don’t only think it’s important to highlight the beauty of Mexican culture, or the horrors of the attack on Mexicans of late, with a bday party. From when this all first started, we have been donating to those effected- and I also wrote a blog post which I’m putting in my bio. (unfortunately this has been going on a long time so the post is from a while ago. Please comment on it with additional charities you love). We also have been calling our senators. Somebody reached out to me directly (in a kind way) to let me know that Marlowe’s theme offended them. They didn’t know the reasoning behind why we picked it, but I wanted to take a minute to say that this theme was picked because of a love for Mexico and its people and a desire to celebrate in the midst of a lot of hate.. Regardless of that, I know so many emotions are running high right now surrounding this topic, so sorry to anyone we offended! ❤️ (also I wanted to note that I shared all the birthday wishes with Marlowe yesterday and she says thank you)
Martino shares Marlowe and son Major with husband Kyle Martino, a former professional soccer player.