Dear Latinas: You are not allowed to make fun of yourselves

by SANTA ZIPPORAH DE LA CULPA on April 9, 2012 in Cultura, Video

In the future, Latinas like Sofia Vergara won’t be able to make fun of themselves on TV shows like SNL because it would be politically incorrect. Oh wait — that’s happening now!

Here’s a Philadelphia blogger’s unfocused anti-Sofia rant we find perplexing:

We don’t know the level of her intellect — substantial or nonexistent. All we know is that she was a Latina model reared in the Miami school of Univision’s “Don Francisco” show, now all of a sudden made famous because of a successful ABC-TV Series, and, as of late, propelled deliberately into the role of national celebrity with exactly the same portrayal of Latinos in the U.S. resented, condemned and repudiated 50 years ago.

If all sweet Sofia is trying to do is to make people laugh at her own persona (she can hardly be imagined credibly portraying an intelligent and sophisticated Latina) that’s fine with us. If she chooses to be a clown, so be it, as long as she stipulates that her exaggerations are just that: exaggerations. And that everyone understands that her portrayal neither reflects nor appeals to the more cultivated tastes of the majority of Americans of Latino descent.

Oh, and he disses Jose Jimenez too. We’ve already handled that. And run the video.

What’s the big objection?

What does this dude want?

Every Latina ON TV needs to be Associate Justice Sotomayor or STFU?

What do you think?


Che Potle April 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

“..her portrayal neither reflects nor appeals to the more cultivated tastes of the majority of Americans of Latino descent…”

This is the most ridiculous part of this pinche rant.

Who are you, ese, The Taste Police?


Lolita Lebron April 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

The problem is not that every tv/movie Latina needs to be Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor but rather that we don’t have any Latinas on television who are in roles that emphasize their minds rather than their bodies. The majority of Latinas in media are chi-chi shaking, tight dress wearing women who are cast to play the hot/spicy stereotype. This stereotype is tiresome and old, and frankly, lazy, and does nothing to propel the reality and complexity of Latinas that moves beyond the same tired stereotype that has dominated Hollywood since the middle of the last century and instead includes Latinas as intelligent, professional, resourceful women who are currently demonstrating the highest increase among all populations in obtaining degrees of higher education. Sofia exaggerates and is exploiting this stereotype all the way to the bank. She is making money off of perpetuating a stereotype that keeps the idea of Latinas only as hot and spicy in the American imagination.

Samantha London April 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

So she should stop being cute, get rid of her accent and get breast reduction surgery because of Hollywood’s casting biases?

I can understand concern about another foreign Latina getting roles that might have have been played equally well by any number of Chicanas, Boricuans, etc. but ragging on Sofia because of the industry’s casting biases makes no sense.

And the stupid line from the blogger implying HE has better taste than YOU in just insulting.

Laura April 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

“She can hardly be imagined credibly portraying an intelligent and sophisticated Latina”…

Why??? Sophisticated Latinas don’t have big breasts and thick accents? That’s absurd. The fact that you are so convinced of her ineptitude is a credit to her skill as an actor.

Alejandro Sins April 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM

The oblivious walking stereotype certainly isn’t excusable than the garbage hollywood horse manure they project. The fact that they will not cast better roles for Latino/Asians is disgusting. Certainly you can find the village idiots defending her portrayal as simply “being herself” as if a white man opening a box of KFC in front of a rowdy black crowd to shut them up is okay. Once you’re on the media spotlight you’re partially responsible on how you’re presenting yourself whether you like to or not; however, the most of the blame should go directly to the crap hollywood continues to spew out their mouth! Fk hollywood!

Jane Vargas April 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

She made me laugh. Anyone who thinks this is the standard (not latina, not hispanic) F–k those tags….She is a freaking actor! ACTOR!… Think of all the other ACTORS acting like idiots. They are ACTING…..Anyone who even thinks this is the norm for a Mexican, Chicana, Cuban, Salvadorian what ever..isn’t worth the time of day.

Mariaeu April 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Sofia is a talented entertainer, whether as a model, or in a sitcom, or in a skit like this. She is a sexy woman in great shape, who irradiates joy, and actresses half her age fear her because she can steal the scene from anybody… y ¡viva Colombia! (no, I am not, I am from Venezuela). At home, we’d love to see Sofia get her OWN SHOW, sort of like In Living Color but Latino-themed, and she could partner with two actors who can balance it: one comedian hunk with a great body, like Fernando Gaviria, and one “serious” interviewer who brings guests… like Lalo.

Karari kue April 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Sounds to me like more anti-immigrant, anti-accented Latin@, internalized hate.

I genuinely applaud Sofía. She isn’t stupid. She knows what works at what doesn’t. Anyone who has seen her in interviews can see that she has a naturally honed comedic timing.

I particularly find it worthwhile to note that here we have an immigrant woman who is having her well deserved time in the spotlight. Yes, she is mainstream beautiful and mostly a light-skinned Latina. However, that doesn’t take away from her success.

Azul April 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I’m pretty sure that when Dave Chappelle was making his famous ‘I’m Rick James B*tch!’ skit he wasn’t thinking about the degradation or perpetuation of African American stereotypes. He was being an entertainer, and by the fact that EVERYONE knows of that line, I’d say he was successful in his purpose.
Part of acknowledging your cultural struggles is being empowered by redefining and making fun of cliches. Just like Esquire was quick to sexualize and box-in Ms. Vergara, why should she not own and laugh at her own expense?
Yes, we have a long way to go in terms of equality- but asking us to be somber and serious about it isn’t gonna make us get there faster.

Lorena April 9, 2012 at 8:41 PM

as long as she is not Mexican she can make fun of herself all she wants..

ranchera April 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM

…hollywood has n’ will continue to publickly disregard latinos n’ asians; if they seek a latino/a role, they want the only known latino/a. instead of bringing a new latino face, knowing theres plenty out there, most of the crappy new actors seem 2 be hired for their eye candy, because most of the roles are elementary anyway. If it is based on eye candy, then its obvious jealousy; I guess that california sun is truly home to the latinos. you cant deny beauty…just a reminder of hollywood’s true colors..

andy April 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I think Sofia is pretty talented but her schtick reminds me of Jimmy Walker as JJ on Good Times. It’s the Latina equivalent of Steppin’ Fetchit. There is such a lack of Hispanic representation on TV that her clownish exaggerated accent and costume overwhelm all other portrayals of Hispanics. I suspect that she is very smart about her career – she’s built it nicely over the years, even hanging out with Tom Cruise at the Scientology Center (not sure if she’s one or not). She has the opportunity to leverage her popularity now to show us her range of talent and another side to the clownish one portrayed in Modern Family and to an extent the Pepsi commercial. I’m glad that she’s in the position to represent but I hope she can help move the ball further for portrayals of Hispanics in media. BTW – did anyone else notice that Hispanics apparently don’t survive in the future as shown in The Hunger Games. One of the world’s most popular books and movies, and where were we? Casting ideas have to expand.

ISABEL April 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

she’s been doing many different things for years! …the thing is that “MODERN FAMILY” seems to be sooooo offensive to this boring guy! I bet he has the same kind of comments about the gays in the tv show…a hater’s a hater! he’ll find what to hate, anything! anyone! stop this non-sense, smart and talented women come in every size, shape and cup! (for that matter!)

Laurita April 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I’m with Azul. Making fun of the stereotypes with satire is called COMEDY. Remember SNL’s Eddie Murphy with “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood?” How about Garrett Morris’ “Gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whiteys I see?” It’s about taking the stereotype and exaggerating it even more to show how ridiculous it was to begin with. To paraphrase Emma Goldman, if I can’t laugh at your revolution, then I don’t want any part of it. Lighten up, people!

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