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Is 'Devious Maids’ demeaning to Latina women?

NEED TO KNOW
  • 'Desperate Housewives' star Eva Longoria is an Executive Producer on the show
  • 'Devious Maids' was watched by 2 million viewers according to Lifetime Networks
  • One of the show's stars, Ana Ortiz, talks to Showbiz Tonight

The new Lifetime show, “Devious Maids,” has sparked a firestorm!

Mark Cherry, the man who created the hit TV show “Desperate Housewives,” and Eva Longoria, who starred on "Housewives," are Executive Producers of the new show.  While some are applauding them for casting five Latina women in lead roles, others are slamming them for playing into Latina stereotypes!

Showbiz Tonight spoke with Cathy Areu, publisher of Catalina magazine. Areu is asking her readers to boycott the show, telling Showbiz Tonight, “[Lifetime is] trying to say this is historic. This is the first time we have five Latinas having starring roles in a TV show. We had Lynda Carter, ‘Wonder Woman’ in the seventies, and she is Mexican. So it is not historic that we have these Latinas in major roles, it’s horrific that we have five wonderful Latina actresses having to play housekeepers, a stereotype in a new TV show.”

On the flip side, Inez Gonzalez, who is the Executive Vice President for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, is not buying into the controversy. Gonzalez tells Showbiz Tonight, “We want this show to get a fair chance and not to be boycotted. Get a fair chance to develop the characters, and then if people don’t like it, it can be cancelled.”

Ana Ortiz, best known for her role as Hilda Suarez on "Ugly Betty," stars in “Devious Maids” as Marisol.  Ortiz tells Showbiz Tonight that all the women on the show felt a “tremendous responsibility” to the role. “My Grandmother cleaned houses her whole life and is it because she is a maid she doesn't deserve to have her story told? She had a very full life, and raised an incredible family and we were all huge successes,” explained Ortiz. “I wouldn't be standing here today if it weren't for her.”

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