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Meryl Streep faces backlash for playing Latina character with heavy accent on The Laundromat

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Meryl Streep has surprised critics by playing a latina character in upcoming film, The Laundromat (Picture: Rex Features)

Meryl Streep is an acting legend who, usually, can do no wrong but she might need to be prepared for some strong backlash against a role she plays in The Laundromat.

While many fans are excited to see the Oscar winners latest project about The Panama Papers when it comes to Netflix in October, those lucky enough to see previews have highlighted surprising moments in which Streep plays a Latina woman.

It is claimed that the actress wears a prosthetic nose, has tanned makeup and puts on a thick pan-Latin accent for the part.

Streep also plays the lead role of widow Ellen, whose dream vacation takes a wrong turn and sees her chasing shady Panama city law partners, Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas).

When Ellen realises she has been scammed out of a large amount of money by Mossack and Fonsecas con she investigates the fake insurance policy and becomes determined to take down the partners.

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As she goes further down the rabbit hole Ellen discovers her case is not an isolated incident but one of the millions of files linking an offshore tax scheme that benefits the worlds richest and most powerful political leaders.

Meryl Streep faces backlash for playing Latina character with heavy accent on The Laundromat
For her main role, Meryl plays real-life widow Ellen who tries to take down shady Panama city law partners (Picture: Netflix)

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So critics were surprised to see Streep pop up as a Latina officer worker at the Panamanian law firm, with Rafael Motamayor calling out the decision.

Incredibly weird decision to have Meryl Streep play a 2nd character who is latina and nearly a caricature, he tweeted.

Meryl Streep faces backlash for playing Latina character with heavy accent on The Laundromat
But preview screenings have revealed that she also has a smaller role as a latina woman in the film, much to the surprise of critics

While critic @filmbustersben added: Yikes… Just out of a screening of #TheLaundromat and between Gary Oldmans German accent and Meryl Streeps blackface this aint gonna age well!

Others were pleased to see people calling out the decision, but claimed that the films director Steven Soderbergh should also face the same level of criticism.

Sooooo… Everybody whos holding Meryl Streep accountable for her racist portrayal of a latin woman in the upcoming film The Laundromat, @Julianobviously tweeted.

Just dont forget to hold Steven Soderbergh, the director of the film, accountable too, since its most likely his idea!

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