PUB NEWS: SOFIAS
In 2014, Sofia Vergara and Bruce Rosenbaum of the Television and Motion Picture Academy performed a tongue-in-cheek bit at the Emmys. You can watch the clip below.
After the show, reactions on the bit were mixed with some saying Vergara was poking fun at Latina stereotypes and the objectification rampant in Hollywood, and others saying she was exuding a Latina stereotype and complicit in her own objectification.
Vergara herself said this:
I think its absolutely the opposite [of demeaning]. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this—I know who she was—who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit
Whatever your take on the bit, it is ripe for analysis about what it means to be a "Latino" (specifically Latino and not Latinx) in America. Last month, The Estuary Collective hosted BLUE HOUR, a round table discussion focused on support and solidary with our AAPI writer friends. In that space, Maria Bolaños shared the following sentiment: