"Modern Family" character, Gloria Pritchett, is criticized as a Latina stereotype. The actress also took some heat for playing up the English-is-my-second-language joke with her anus/anal/annual bit at the Golden Globes.
Vergara doesn't see the problem; she just sees that her character has brought more representation to network TV:
"What's wrong with being a stereotype?" she told HOLA! (via People). "Gloria's character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. 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."
You could argue that there are plenty of things wrong with being a stereotype, but she has a point about hearing your own natural accent on TV. Representation has a powerful affect on fans. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" actor Diego Luna teared up when a fan shared the story of her father watching the movie and being moved by Luna's character -- Cassian Andor -- speaking with his own Mexican accent. It gives validation to people around the world to see others like themselves being validated. That said, not everyone feels validated by being the constant butt (or anus) of second-language jokes.
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