Does Lifetime Series ‘Devious Maids’ Perpetuate Stereotypes?
A new Lifetime series that has yet to make it on the air is already sparking controversy. Created by “Desperate Housewives” mastermind Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria, “Devious Maids” has some saying people that the show does not do much except continue Latina stereotypes.
Cherry is not surprised the show is already stirring the pot.
“I always knew there would be controversy with the show, but I also knew that working with Eva Longoria, we were going to treat these characters like gold,” he said. “I think we’ve done five super positive portrayals of Latina women who are both devious and smart but have dreams of their own and are pursuing them with all the gusto in the world.”
Longoria said the show does not shy away from the stereotype issue, The Inquisitr reported.
“The only way to break a stereotype is to not ignore it," Longoria said. "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.”
Carmen, a maid and aspiring singer in the series, is played by actress Roselyn Sanchez.
“I know many people who haven’t seen it that have a preconception or were annoyed already because of the title and [when they see] the show and they go, ‘Oh my God. It’s very pleasant and very funny, and we enjoyed it,’” she said. “So I would like for people to give it a chance, first of all. And I appreciate that this is a first time that a network and a producer takes a chance at saying, ‘I’m gonna write something for Latinas, I don’t care what the profession is. They’re the leads.’”
She added: “It’s about the stories. Forget about we’re maids. We’re human beings and we’re incredible women and the stories are deserving. They’re beautiful stories.”
A preview of the show is below: