Sofia Vergara responds to criticisms of being a stereotype & it's clear she doesn't get it
Sofia Vergara has something to say to her haters that criticize her for playing a stereotype. The Colombian star has played her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family since 2009. Vergara recently defended her stereotypical role and addressed her haters in a way that proves she doesn't get the issue or frustration we may have with her exaggerated accent and tired jokes at our expense.
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Vergara recently sat down with Hola! USA and addressed her issue with Latinos who bash her for perpetuating a stereotype about Latinas:
What's wrong with being a stereotype? Gloria's character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. They are both Latin women who grew up in Colombia, like me. They love color, prints and shoes. … It upsets me when Latinos complain about Gloria. I am grateful for the opportunity because the gringos have let me in with this strong accent I have. Eight years ago nobody had an accent like this on television.
Sigh. I get where Vergara is coming from here, but she's totally missing the point. Let me break it down a bit. Since taking her gig on ABC, Vergara has become the highest paid actress on television for a fifth year in a row. That's an accomplishment worth celebrating. She rings in $43 million alone for Modern Family, according to Forbes. Bravo!
As Latinos, we should cheer on Vergara's success. She came from la nada and made it in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean I have to love her role on Modern Family. I respect her hustle, but find Gloria's character to be an oversexualized caricature of a Latina. Have you seen or met a Latina like her recently? She's not real and doesn't exist!
The worse part is that Vergara seems to never break out of character. During the 2017 Golden Globes, she made that fowl NSFW joke. She kept mispronouncing the word "annual" for "anal" and "anus." Not funny, but the gringos ate it up. The issue is that uncultured non-Latinos actually believe negative stereotypes they see on television.
A two-part study by the National Hispanic Media Coalition in 2012 found that 18% of non-Latinos who consume negative portrayals of Latinos actually believe we are "unintelligent." This is a problem--especially now in Donald Trump's America.
As Vergara keeps making a fool of herself, the only people laughing are those who haven't been marginalized or made fun of for having accents. They take what they see at face value. I know the good money has probably blinded Vergara a bit, but I wish she would do us a favor and find a new character to play--especially when she's off duty.
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