Sofia Vergara Doesn't Think There's Anything Wrong With Playing Up the Latino Stereotype

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In an interview with HOLA! USA magazine, where Sofia Vergara and husband Joe Manganiello appear on the cover, taking readers into their gorgeous home, Vergara discussed the recent criticism over her perpetuating the Latino stereotype via her Modern Family character and when making appearances in awards shows.

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During the Golden Globes earlier this month, the 44-year-old Barranquillera's accent was made the butt of a joke after she went on stage and deliberately mispronounced "annual" as "anal." And her character, Gloria Pritchett, has been viewed as problematic. But all in all, Vergara doesn't see anything wrong with it.

“What’s wrong with being a stereotype? Gloria’s character is inspired by my mom and my aunt," she said. "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."

This year, Vegara accepted the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic TV Actress, where she revealed that she never thought she'd make it as far as she has with her accent. "I never in a million years thought that with this ridiculous accent I was ever going to be able to be a part of something so successful, something so loved by all of you like is Modern Family," she said, explaining that her role as Gloria has certainly become a window of opportunity for others.

"It has opened so many doors for other Latin actors, and we need so much more doors to be open, but I am thankful! Please be giving us opportunities because we will not disappoint you," the actress said.

While Vergara might be right on one hand, we can't forget that making fun of an accent is a form of racism. And, as we previously noted, "non-English natives are often denied opportunities, experience verbal and physical attacks, and are viewed with suspicion because of their accented English." And in these days of Donald Trump in office, one can only imagine what else is to come — so we have to fight back.

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See the Colombian star's HOLA! cover below, and check out more from her interview here.

 

 

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