Devious Maids Premieres to Mixed Reviews, Controversy

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Say this for Devious Maids: its premiere did not go unnoticed.

The new drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry kicked off on Lifetime last night, with critics giving the series lukewarm reviews.

Television critics, that is.

Other critics have been far more vocal in how the program - which centers around five Hispanics working for a handful of rich, white employers - drives home a bothersome stereotype.

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“There probably wasn’t a Latina in the country who didn’t initially roll her eyes of ‘oh great, here we go again. Another Latina character that’s a maid …,’” said Damarys Ocana, executive editor of Latina magazine.

However, Eva Longoria (who serves as a producer) responded to such criticism in an online video, saying many are pissing another crucial point of Devious Maids:

It's the first English language show to star a quintet of Hispanic actresses.

“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?’ Those people are lesser than?’” Longoria said, while star Ana Ortiz adds:

“The more that we talk about it, the more people are aware of it, the better.”

Did you catch the Devious Maids premiere? What did you think? Grade it now:


 

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