9.29.2011

The Ethnicity of Taylor Lautner: Is He Mulatto or Mestizo?

Taylor Lautner, born in Grand Rapids, MI on February 11, 1992


Let me start off by saying that calling this post "The Race of Taylor Lautner" is absurd as, clearly, Taylor is a member of the human race, and referring to his "race" would be offensive to Taylor.  I mean, this is not 1850s Virginia, people.  As a further caveat, this is not a "bash Taylor" post because I am actually somewhat of a fan and I sincerely wish Taylor the best.  Indeed, this post is one of several to commemorate the release of Taylor's film Abduction AND the honor bestowed upon Taylor when he was named Robots In Masquerade's "Celebrity Most Likely To Be A Robot".  But now that all of that is out of the way, let's gown to the nitty gritty, so to speak.  The primary reason why I penned this post (in addition to the reasons listed above) was to address Taylor Lautner's rather puzzling appearance considering that every source refers to him as "White" and occasionally mentions "distant Native American ancestry".  There is no mention of Hispanic or Latino origin, or of Black origin.  Yet, all one has to do is look at a picture of Taylor as he has progressed through his young life to feel that something doesn't quite add up.

A photo of Taylor with his parents Dan and Deborah, and his sister Makena.


Most of us that were subjected to biology classes in the process of our education are familiar with the random assortment of genes.  Essentially, all that means is that if you take two individuals and lock them in a room together so they have plenty of time to... ahem... "bump uglies" (my favorite euphemism for sex), it is entirely possible that the child that pops out nine months later might look nothing like either parents because of simple Mendelian random assortment.  This is how two "White" Afrikaner parents in South Africa can have a Black baby: each individual has a distant Black ancestor and those genes happened to combine in the offspring.  Take a look at the picture of Taylor Lautner's parents above.  Both of these people would unequivocally be described as "White" in modern day America; then look at all the pictures of Taylor.  First of all, he doesn't look like either of his parents and clearly looks more "ethnic" than they.  Most sources that mention Taylor's background (including Wikipedia) describe him as being of "mixed French, German, and Dutch heritage... [with] distant Native American ancestry".  Um, ok.  Taylor looks straight up American Indian, even Latin American, to me.

Taylor with his sister Makena.  Whatever his background, Taylor never had any problem in the looks department.


So what are the possibilities?  The most obvious possibility (mentioned above) is that both parents have American Indian (or other non-White) origin and that these non-White genes just happened to combine randomly in Taylor leading to an appearance very distinct from that of his parents.  As part of this possibility, it is possible that Taylor has Black or Latin origin that he and his parents are entirely unaware of.  Another distinct possibility, which has yet to be mentioned is (here it comes): Dan Lautner (Taylor's Dad) is not really his daddy!  Is this idea all that surprising?  It is a distinct possibility that Taylor's Mom Deborah was getting jiggy with someone else in their small Michigan town and that Dan was passed off as the father when he really is not.  This would explain why Taylor looks mulatto or mestizo when he supposedly only has "distant Native American ancestry" and nothing else "ethnic".  Is it possible that Deborah Lautner fathered a child with a Black resident of the town and passed Taylor off as being Dan's son?  Perhaps Jorge, the keeper of the local Mexican taco stand, happened to be free Friday and Saturday nights...

In Maury Povich voice: "Dan Lautner, you are NOT the father of this child!"


A question I must address is: why do I care?  Good question.  Certainly, I am the last person to say that each individual should fall prey to that American phenomenon of attempting to claim membership in some unique group for oneself so as to be different from other people.  In this case, I do not think Taylor has some obligation to claim American Indian origin in order to be different from other young actors in Hollywood.  In fact, I truly respect Taylor for not doing that when he is essentially unaware of any recent American Indian origin.  What I do find interesting, however, is the extent to which the topic is ignored.  I suppose this says much about where America is in the year 2011: that we can take someone that is clearly non-White, call them "White", and no questions are asked.  [Please review the post: The Ethnic Origins of Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederacy.]  At the very least, this is an interesting subject for discussion.  So what do you think?  Is Taylor Lautner White, Mulatto, or Mestizo?


"Woo hoo!  I'm a Mestizo!"

35 comments:

  1. Don't care. He's human, that's all I need to know.

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  2. ^^^I don't care either. I'm just being snarky.

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  3. Sorry no hate but mannnn your dumb he looks like his parents a lot i mean look at his eyes and his fathers it looks the same and look at his mouth when he smiles and his mothers it looks the same the only reason why you can say he has Native,Latin or etc. ancestry is only cus of his Mulatto complexion dude other than that he has 50% to 50% of his parents in his looks compare and contrast and analyze dude smh

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  4. Hey mannnn, thanks for your comment!

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  5. I've been wondering this since I saw him in Sharkboy and Lava Girl. It's Nearly 2012 and there's still no hints.

    NOT THAT IT MATTERS, I was always just curious.

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  6. ^^^Me too! There's nothing wrong with being curious is there? I would think Taylor was awesome even if he was an evil Martian bent on burning every Christmas tree in the world. Does that make any sense?

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    1. I think he's an islander, only islanders have that nose! I'm white w/AI and my sons dad is Guamanian and he looks a lot like Taylor, but like I said that's an islanders nose! Maybe he's adopted, or had a different father and the family doesn't want anyone to know for their own reasons!

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  7. Rather than nit pic about this young beautifully handsome man. And his roots, I find it very ignorant to make the remarks about cheating,and claiming that his parents are't his parents, what the h_ll ???
    Get a life you definetly need one

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  8. ^^^Who needs to get a life more: the blogger posting a lighthearted story on his personal blog OR the obvious Twilight fanatic who takes the time to voice their outrage on the aforementioned blog??? If you still think it's me, I would love to hear your opinion. Seriously.

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    1. He looks white to me but anyway it doesn't matter his parents his parents. Determining his race is pointless to me

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  9. To be honest I probably was over thinking it until I read the mexican taco stand part, after that I was choking on laughter

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  10. Most americans are not as white as they think, everyone in the Americas is a mix, deal with it or go back to Europe!

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  11. First of all it could just be that his Native genes just kicked in and that he looks more native than white. it is rare if ure only part something else but turn out like that but it can happen ppl. Plus to the poster of this article lol at u rly man. how can u have hispanic or latino origins ??? thats just stupid terms used by US government. that doesnt exist in Latin America and hispanic and latino is NOT a race so u cant look like that u can only speak spanish eat tortillas and etc which is a cultural thing. for the millionth time latinos can be of any race or color. its like saying someone looks American or Canadian lol.

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  12. and to the poster above me ??? go back to europe ?? and how about u go back to fuckin` africa jackass or to asia if ure native american instead of spilling ure ignorance on this article ?? how many black ppl are mixed and they still call themselves black instead of mixed ?? and how many hispanics and latinos think they are of "brown" race just they dont know shit about who they are. they only hear what the government tells them and take it as given. who dont u go on their blogs and spread some "knowledge" there ??

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    1. Like President Obama he has a white mother & raised with his white family his entire life but since his skin is dark he's categorized as "black" by the government & society. If he saw & identified himself as a white man how would we view him? Would we accept him as such. Ppl of mixed race who decides what they are. Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Kris Humphries, Halley Berry

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    2. Put simply
      SHUT UP IF U HAVE YOU HAVE TO BE RUDE!

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  13. wow dis is getting intense. its just an article some1 wrote. y da rude language?

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  14. Wikipedia says he's of German, French, and Dutch origin. I can see what you're saying, but I would guess, like Niklaus, that his Native genes kicked in. My brother has olive skin and I'm pasty white. We have very distant Native ties. :)

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  15. Why is ethnicity or color of the skin so important? What matters most is how you are living and lived your life whilst breathing and what legacy you will leave behind when you live this world.

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  16. He looks a lot like both his parents. His nose & eyes from his father as well as his darker complexion. His face shape, chin, smile, ears from his mom. I think his sister looks just like his mom. I did at first think he was half white, half Thai like my husband. Because they look a lot alike, same facial shape, nose, etc. but after seeing the picture I do believe he looks like his parents. Children are not always mirror images of their parents or of 1 parent. Our daughter is not dark like my husband but has a light olive complexion. And people always ask me what she is, like she is a dog or something. I think people that are mixed are beautiful.

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  17. If Taylor doesn't care "what" he is then it doesn't matter. My great aunt and her daughter both look like white women. My great aunt married a black man who was dark skinned and her daughter came out white. My cousin actually passes for white to this day. She never had children because they could of came out dark. So Taylor could have black in his line. A lot "mulatto" people did pass for white in the old days. I'm sure Taylor and his family know his background its just not any of our business.

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  18. He is white, his background is probably SLAVIC. Man look it up, his eyes are the same as his dads and in eastern europe that look is pretty common. just cause he doesnt look like a typical white american [which is really the NORTHERN European look] doesnt mean hes mixed with african or native american. Take a look at pics of Stalin or Vladimir putin..their eyes are similar to this guy.

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  19. i have proof that his father is 100% native american and that no one has ever seen a picture of him either. hint, he isn't the man listed on the birth certificate. he also has an additional 8 brothers and sisters. 3 from his real fathers first marraige and another 3 from a second marraige and than 2 brother from a woman who his father loved but never married. One of his sisters actually did some modeling. And no, i am not one of siblings or blood related to him. I just have the proof

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  20. ^^I would love to know what proof you have, Anonymous. I speculated above that perhaps Taylor's parentage was in question... mostly in jest... but if you have proof, let's hear it!

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  21. Does it really matter of what heritage Taylor Lautner comes from?
    The guy is totally hot!
    At the end of the day, we are what we are.

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  22. You are a ridiculously vacuous person. The fact that you're obsessed with someone else's ethnicity tells me that you have issues, probably of self-loathing, yourself. What ethnicity are you? Are you trying to "out" other people because you are jealous of their success? Get a life.

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  23. I have to admit, I've been super-curious myself! Many of us are. Even for the mere fact that he's just beautiful man with absolutely gorgeous skin and facial features! Besides, I don't care who are you .. I'm ALWAYS curious to learn more about a persons heritage! Friends, family, co-workers, and celebrities too! It's just sad we don't know more about our own heritage & if nothing else, this article sparks a curiosity to learn more about others and in some sense, do a little digging on ourselves! So thank you!

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  24. fuck all u kids fuck you! !!!!!! lick my nut sack fuckin pussys "!!

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  25. I think Taylor looked more Mexican/Native American when he was younger, but as he has grown up he actually looks more white to me. His skin is not as tanned anymore and while he still has black hair and dark eyes, that doesnt make him look any less Caucasian, considering that black is the most common hair color in the world and people of any ethnicity can have it. I dont think he looks a lot like his parents, but he has his dad's eyes, eyebrows and nose. However in the end it doesn't matter what his ethnicity is, I personally don't care.

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  26. Anyways I don't give a shit either lol, id still suck that dick ;) mmmm

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  27. I think his a mix and its either both parents dont know they both have native american blood or one is his parent and the other is a step parent

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  28. I think his adapted'

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  29. that is definitely one of the most ignorant articles I have ever read. Taylor looks just like his mom and dad. He has his dad's eyes and eyebrows. His mom's cheekbones and chin. COME ON NOW! AND, Makena looks like him too. His sister is tan, also. Geez people, this is just dumb. If he says he's mixed dutch, french, german, whatever..........then he is. Why do we care? He is a very talented young actor, and gorgeous. Not to mention, smart, funny, and sweet as pie. Stop being so superficial.

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  30. Really?!? Ppl are still using terms like mulatto and mestizo?????? Are we in the fucking 19th century still?!? I am bi-racial (mulatto), as most ignorant ppl would say...I see you didn't throw the word n***er in there, cuz it might offend someone....the other terms are offensive also...highly. Who gives a rats ass as to what his nationality is? Only a hillbilly...ya I said it...because he doesn't look like you. Smh

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  31. The person that posted this is just a jealous prick! Rather than posting this nonsense, why don't you ask the whole family some DNA. You probably scared as fuck to ask.

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