Alisa Valdes Retracts Statement Against Ann Lopez

A few days ago, author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez blasted George Lopez's ex-wife, Ann Lopez, accusing her of turning a TV adaptation of The Dirty Girls Social Club into a racist show about Latina sluts. "She [Ann] doesn’t have any production credits other than having been thrown onto things her husband did at the last minute. She has no formal education," declared Alisa. 

But yesterday, Alisa took to her blog to correct some of the things she said during our interview. Here are a few of the retractions:

On Ann's education: "I’ve been advised that Ann Lopez has a bachelor’s degree from SMU."

On the "rape" scene she criticized from the pilot script: "In the draft pilot script adaptation that I read of my novel The Dirty Girls Social Club Sara is not technically being raped; rather, she is resisting and then reluctantly submitting to sex with her husband, who tells her she should have expected such demands when she married “a hot-blooded Cuban.”

She makes clear it's not personal: "My objections to the draft pilot adaptation that I read of my book were not intended and should not be construed as personal attacks upon the persons of Ann Lopez, Lynnette Ramirez and Luisa Leschin. I optioned the rights to my novel to Encanto Enterprises because at that time I was impressed by these three women’s collected track record in Hollywood and I trusted them to adapt my work respectfully and with me as a consultant on all major changes."

2. In the draft pilot script adaptation that I read of my novel The Dirty Girls Social Club Sara is not technically being raped; rather, she is resisting and then reluctantly submitting to sex with her husband, who tells her she should have expected such demands when she married “a hot-blooded Cuban.”
My objections to the draft pilot adaptation that I read of my book were not intended and should not be construed as personal attacks upon the persons of Ann Lopez, Lynnette Ramirez and Luisa Leschin. I optioned the rights to my novel to Encanto Enterprises because at that time I was impressed by these three women’s collected track record in Hollywood and I trusted them to adapt my work respectfully and with me as a consultant on all major changes.
Unfortunately, the draft pilot script is a disappointment rife with gender, ethnic and racial stereotypes that are contrary to the book and undermine my life’s work and vision. My objections are specific to the script that I read and not intended as personal judgments about the belief systems of the human beings working on the project. Further, I do not believe I personally am the victim of sexism or racism at the hands of Ann Lopez, Luisa Leschin or Lynnette Ramirez.

In light of this, I have removed from my blog, Facebook and Twitter account any statement that might be construed as defamatory toward Ann Lopez, Lynnette Ramirez and Luisa Leschin.On a scene from the TV adaptation of her book: "In the draft pilot script adaptation that I read of my novel The Dirty Girls Social Club Sara is not technically being raped; rather, she is resisting and then reluctantly submitting to sex with her husband, who tells her she should have expected such demands when she married “a hot-blooded Cuban.”On how she felt about Ann at first: My objections to the draft pilot adaptation that I read of my book were not intended and should not be construed as personal attacks upon the persons of Ann Lopez, Lynnette Ramirez and Luisa Leschin. I optioned the rights to my novel to Encanto Enterprises because at that time I was impressed by these three women’s collected track record in Hollywood and I trusted them to adapt my work respectfully and with me as a consultant on all major changes.

 

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