7 Reasons why you need to watch 'Devious Maids' tonight
When I first heard about Devious Maids, I could not believe it. Eva Longoria is putting her name behind a TV series about Latina housekeepers? Can you get any more stereotypical? Demeaning even! So when I was invited to watch the pilot episode in a special media event in Miami, I was sure I was going to hate it.
Making sure the proverbial chip was very much on my shoulder, I was ready to be very offended. To my surprise, though, I loved the show! I laughed. I cried, and even understood why important Hispanic organizations like Maldef are supporting the series.
"Stereotypes are constructed and perpetuated by those who believe in them. I choose not to," Eva Longoria wrote in a column about the show in The Hufftington Post. "The only way to break a stereotype is to not ignore it. The stereotype we are grappling with here is that as Latinas, all we are is maids. And yet, this is a show that deconstructs the stereotype by showing us that maids are so much more."
Devious Maids is a remake of the mexican telenovela Ellas son la alegría del hogar. The last time a big Latina star tried to adapt a novela to American television was Salma Hayek with Ugly Betty. That time, there was only one Hispanic woman among the main characters, América Ferrera. Tonight we will see five Latinas sharing the screen (Ana Ortiz as Marisol Duarte, Dania Ramírez as Rosie Falta, Roselyn Sánchez as Carmen Luna, Edy Ganem as Valentina Diaz, and Judy Reyes as Zoila Diaz). Not a small feat. However, I don't believe that we should support the show because of the demographics of the cast. I think we should watch it because it is really good entertainment.
So here are the reasons why I loved it:
1. It made me laugh. The ignorant comments about Latinos in general and maids in particular are hilarious.
2. It made me proud. The comebacks to those racists comments are delivered with such sarcasm and dry humor that makes you want to clap.
3. It made me cry. The life of an immigrant is hard, and peppered with heartwrenching moments, particularly in the case families that are apart.
4. It will inspire you to exercise. I bet there will be a new crop of comments about why you being a Latina woman don't look like those maids.
5. The soundtrack is amazing. Remember how the music was almost a character in Desperate Housewives? It's even more relevant in Devious Maids with plenty of great Latin tracks.
6. You can watch it in English and in Spanish. Not only you can brush up on your Spanish, but you can comment it with abuelita too.
7. It can become your new guilty pleasure. Let's face it: There is nothing intellectual going on in this show ... but who cares!
And as the cherry on the ice cream, I'm sure that a hit with Devious Maids
will produce a wave of Tv shows starred by Latinos. So tune in tonight at 10 on Lifetime and tell me what you think.
Image via Lifetime TV