Lifetime's 'Devious Maids' Pickup Stirs Old Problems
Controversies that died when ABC passed on the show have been rekindled
Those who breathed a sigh of relief when ABC passed on the soap "Devious Maids" back in May, have once again been riled up. Lifetime announced it will pick up the sudser, which will be is executive produced by "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry and his former star, Eva Longoria.
But just as it did when ABC first considered the drama, "Devious Maids" is drawing ire and criticism for perpetuating negative stereotypes about Latinas.
In case you haven't been following the story, Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty"), Judy Reyes ("Scrubs"), Dania Ramirez ("Heroes" and "Entourage") and Roselyn Sanchez ("Without a Trace") will star as four Latina maids who aspire for greater lives and do whatever it takes to get there. "Devious Maids" is based on the popular Mexican telenovela "The Disorderly Maids of the Neighborhood."
While Longoria has defended the show and its ability to diversify TV and employ four amazing Latino actresses, others have knocked the show and the actress.
"Latinas are reflected in the medical and legal professions, run major corporations and huge nonprofit organizations, and excel in a variety of fields ranging from education to academia to media to law enforcement," wrote Ruben Navarrette, of The San Diego Union Tribune. "Longoria said it herself. In her view, anyone who casts Latinas as maids is just being 'realistic.' We can do better.
"Latinos represent 16 percent of the U.S. population, on their way to an estimated 25 percent by 2040. Yet, according to data obtained by the Screen Actors Guild, Latinos only get about 4 percent of television roles. And this includes guest appearances where a character has only one line. It's pathetic."
Attempts to get a quote from Lifetime regarding the controversy have so far gone unanswered. If they do release a statement, we'll let you know.
In the meantime, who's right? Is it better to have Latina actresses play maids and get work or is it only good when these same actresses play cops and judges?
"Devious Maids" premieres in 2013 on Lifetime.
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atinos represent 16 percent of the U.S. population, on their way to an estimated 25 percent by 2040. Yet, according to data obtained by the Screen Actors Guild, Latinos only get about 4 percent of television roles. And this includes guest appearances where a character has only one line. It's pathetic.