Devious Maids: For Us or Against Us?

Over several weeks I have read the backlash surrounding the new show on Lifetime, Devious Maids. The Latino community is in constant search of representation in the mainstream. We all want to see a familiar looking person on our small screen, big screen, hear them through our headphones on our iPods. So what is the issue with a show starring five Latinas? There is none.

I have read the blogs and the tweets, and I have seen the first episode for myself, and in full disclosure this is my (one Latina’s) opinion. It is selfish to use the voice of the whole Latino community to crucify a show’s existence, which is why I am expressing this blog as solely my opinion.

The biggest issue seems to be the occupation that was given to the Latina stars of the new series, maids. First, let me state that by being so ‘outraged’ by the fact that a career in service is what has been chosen as their occupation, is demonstrating in fact that there is something wrong with being a maid. But enter an affluent neighborhood, and tell me that there are no service people keeping the homes in pristine conditions. Being a maid es un trabajo de servicio, and many of us hold service jobs, I have held plenty of them myself. It is disrespectful to those who have chosen a field of service, to think that basing a series around that occupation is beneath us. Secondly, I would like to be clear, that as a Latina, I am aware that many Latinas and Latinos are hard-working people, many times in the service fields. I do not choose to be arrogant to the realities of our community. Sure there are other races, ethnicities that hold the same occupation, but for this series, Latinas were chosen, and I for one am delighted to see a series centered around Latinas, their relationships, their truths and their lies, their joys and their pains, and the passion that drives their motives.

The frustration that has caused controversy with Devious Maids is rooted in the lack of Latino presence on the small screen. This is the first show where we see a cast with a Latina filling every main role, and this is why it is being held on this pedestal. We ask for more Latinas/Latinos on TV, but then we judge the content that is offered to us. I agree with Eva Longoria, the producer of the new series, when she states the claim that this is television, and if we lack viewership for a series based on Latinas, then we are not helping grow Latino-based programming.

So I propose that we remove ourselves from excessive judgment of a television show, and just enjoy it for what it is, a source of entertainment. And let’s not discourage the Latina actresses and producer who have worked hard to grant us this series, let’s encourage their orgullo for their work. This could be the start of a string of shows con tremendas Latinas!

Happy Father’s Day, Papi!

Our character is shaped by the individuals that have a hand in our upbringing, most importantly those we spend day in and day out with during the most influential years of our lives, our childhood. The persistence that has pushed me to accomplish what I have so far is a strength that my father instilled in me. When I would share my wildest dreams with my dad, it was as if he was listening to me tell him about un sueño muy ordinario. My dad has never thought that any dream was out of reach for me, and that’s why I have never stopped believing in my capabilities.

So to all of the papis out there who have never told their little girl that a dream was too big and out of reach, Feliz Día de los Padres! Gracias a ti, we are who we are today and we push to continue making you orgulloso!

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Curly Hair Chuckles

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With Summer starting to hit full blown very soon, I know my girls are starting to feel the curly hair pains. Humidity is a curly-haired mami’s worst nightmare, it’s hard to tame the mane when the weather is against you. I usually let my hair be naturally curly when it’s raining or humid because a blow out simply will not last, but curly hair has its moments as well. I had to post these funny curly hair ecards and relatable posts because I know all my Latinas feel my pain when it comes to this. I’ll be sharing my special tips on how to tame the mane in the future! For now enjoy a laugh at the expense of mufasa (yeah that’s what I call my hair).

Puerto Rican Day Parade is Upon Us…and So Was a Can of Coors

I have been meaning to shout out that the Puerto Rican Day parade is approaching us, for those of you who enjoy going. But now I feel it necessary to discuss the controversy surrounding the PR Day Parade and a can of Coors Light.

Over the years, I’ve gained a disinterest with the annual Puerto Rican Day parade. When I was a kid, it was a family affair, my grandma would pack up the cooler with drinks and the lunch bags with rellenos de papa and other frituras. We’d pack up the camping chairs and lug off to the parade. Sadly as the years passed, my family found the parade too overwhelming as a family outing, and now that I’m grown, I too can say the parade is far too overwhelming, not an event I would take my own kids to, if i had kids.

The PR Day Parade used to be about a cultural pride, instead it’s become an excuse for wild unruly activity. Of course the parade itself still offers hints of the culture that are exciting to experience, but the crowd experience has shifted in its purpose. When I was little it was families, now it is just an excuse for said unruly behavior. And this is where my personal issue with the Coors Light can controversy comes in.

I’d like to see the crowd experience at the annual PR Day Parade go back to its origin, a mass of people excited to watch, listen, and feel the warmth that encompasses the Puerto Rican culture. I’m tired of scrolling down my timeline just to read about all of the WRONG reasons people are looking forward to the parade.

So back to the can of Coors with the PR flag on it, this is just another symbol of deviation from the purpose and origin of the Puerto Rican day parade. A can of Coors should not be the reflection of celebrating culture, any culture, on a day whose focus is suppose to be rooted in culture. I’m glad to see that Coors pulled production on the cans, now if only we could shift the experience of the parade as a whole.

The parade takes place on June 9th in NYC and I recommend going, but only if your focus is to appreciate the parade itself, and you’re ready to deal with the crowd!