The View: Susan Lucci Devious Maids Racist Stereotypes?
Susan Lucci is making the move from daytime television to primetime television with the scandalous Devious Maids is about five Latina maids in Beverly Hills households. The show has been facing some criticism, however, because the show depicts five Latina women working under wealthy white people, the show has been fielding criticism for perpetuating racial stereotypes.
Eva Longoria, one of Devious Maids‘ producers, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, and said that the show is actually a breakthrough for Latina women and not a detriment because, even though they are shown to be working under white women, the Latina maids are the stars of the show. When analyzed outside of the narrative, this is actually a good thing.
It was Susan Lucci’s opinion that those holding onto this presumption have not yet seen episode one because Devious Maids actually destroys societal divisions by showing that your professions does not define who your are—your actions do. Susan was even told at one point that she was not going to make it in TV because she was too ethnic at one point, and now she’s one of the homeowners in the show.
The View: Devious Maids Characters
Susan Lucci said that the relationship between her character Genevieve and her housemaid Zoila, played by Judy Reyes, is quite an interesting one. The charming and humorous interplay between these two characters was showcased in a clip that was shown, and I even found myself laughing.
To spice things up even more, it turns out that Zoila’s daughter has a crush on Genevieve’s son, who is in college. There is little doubt that some sort of dramatic relationship thread will be sown between these two characters. It wouldn’t be primetime TV if there wasn’t, right?
The View: Devious Maids Executive Produced By Eva Longoria
The show was created by Marc Cherry is being executive produced by Eva Longoria. Susan Lucci is very happy that this is the case, because they have not pigeonholed Susan into a role that is too similar to her time on shows like All My Children, instead letting her try out something new.