GMA: Is Devious Maids Racist?
Eva Longoria’s Devious Maids, a show about five devious (get it?) Latina maids working in the homes of wealthy and powerful people in Beverly Hills, is coming under fire because some say that it reinforces racial stereotypes. Many who have heard about the show have rolled their eyes at the prospect of another Latina character that is playing as a maid. With women of color regularly being casted as maids in the past, many think that this show is not helping move the race forward.
Not only are the Latina women in the show working for wealthy white people, they are also being constantly belittle by them, as well, which doesn’t help the show’s case.
GMA: Eva Longoria Defends Devious Maids
Eva Longoria, the show’s executive producer, says that the criticism is overlooking a singular groundbreaking achievement – the fact that it is the first show ever to feature five Latinas in starring roles in an English-language drama. Eva also wondered why people thought that, just because these characters fill stereotypical roles, their stories aren’t worth telling, and the cast agrees. The actresses involved all thought that the stories were worth telling, and that, outside of the show’s fiction, the achievement of five starring Latinas is noteworthy.
GMA: Octavia Spencer Cast As Maid In The Help
This isn’t the first time that women of color have been typecasted into stereotypical roles. Just last year, Octavia Spencer won an Academy Award in The Help, but she did play a maid in the movie, which some thought perpetuated antiquated Hollywood perspectives on women of color that dated as far back as Gone With The Wind. Many people are asking if these roles are reflective of society’s worth for this race of women, and people want to see them play more important roles.