Eva Longoria today faces counter-reactions because she has weakened the role that black women voters played in the election of Joe Biden.
The star of the Desperate Housewives angered many people with her remarks in which she claimed that the Latinas were the “true heroines” of the Democratic election victory, while apparently downplaying the participation of black women in the election.
During her appearance on MSNBC, Longoria, the 45-year-old said: “The colored women have shown themselves in great style. Of course you saw what black women did in Georgia, but the Latina women were the real heroines here. In every state they beat the men in the polls and voted for Biden/Harris at an average rate of almost three to one.
After a quick rebuke in the social media by hundreds of people accusing them of “anti-blackness”, Longoria apologized.
Eva Longoria at @AriMelber on the influence of Latina women: âThis spirit and perseverance that Latinas use in their daily lives, the struggle to pay their bills and the struggle to show their jobs â¦, this is the same perseverance and spirit with which they showed themselves in the surveys,â pic.twitter.com/BiATbXbaeG
– MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 9, 2020
“I’m so sorry and sad to hear that my comments on MSNBC could be interpreted as taking credit from black women,” she twittered, “When I said Latinas were heroines in this election, I simply meant that they were more numerous and more progressive than LATINO MEN.
She added: “My formulation was not clear and I deeply regret that there is such a history of anti-blackness in our community and I would never want to contribute to it.
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– Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) November 9, 2020
The actress, who co-hosted this year’s National Democratic Congress, also twittered: “Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen in this as well as previous elections. Black women should definitely be applauded and lifted! They brought home this victory in a BIG way!”
Longoria’s interview triggered a conversation on Twitter, and many female users called her up on the platform.
“Eva Longoria can try to play down the importance of black women securing the presidency for the Democrats all she wants, but it hasn’t been relevant since Desperate Housewives,” tweeted podcaster Kinsey Clarke. “So, let’s not look at her for political insights or analysis. Away, girl.”
Author Daniel José Older added: “This is not okay @EvaLongoria. To say black and Latina women as if they were two separate categories is an extinction of Afrolatinas. Daying yeah Black women have done a lot, BUT Latinas are the REAL heroes is both false and obscene. And many of our people have chosen 45. We have to deal with that.”
Many twittered that Longoria’s claims were false.
According to statistics published by the Financial Times, Donald Trump made his biggest profits in the Hispanic communities, particularly in Florida and Texas.
NBC reports that Biden won 270 votes in the electoral college, largely because of black voters in Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee and Atlanta.