Actress Eva Longoria isn’t getting the support she thought she would receive from her new Lifetime show Devious Maids. Instead, the Latina beauty is being criticized for having a show that “stereotypes” and “degrades” Latina women. Longoria pulled together a cast of the show which portrays the life of five Latina housekeepers. Devious Maids is the first show to include an all-Latina cast and includes veteran actresses such as Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sánchez, Edy Ganem, Judy Reyes and Susan Lucci.
Michelle Herrera Mulligan, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, referred to the television series as a “wasted opportunity” and “an insulting disgrace.”
During an online interview to promote the show, the former Desperate Housewives actress said, “When we get any sort of backlash, sort of ‘they are playing the stereotypical maids,’ my immediate response is that ‘so you’re telling me those stories aren’t worth telling?'”
While the majority of the shows criticism is from media, it has received an outpour of support from fans and other celebs with average ratings of 2.1 to 2.5 million viewers since its premiere on June 23.
Longoria developed the show with “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. Devious Maids airs on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST on Lifetime.