Hispanics as leads. You’d think this would be a good thing, right?
You’d think audiences can finally revel again in a new television series with a large Hispanic cast. Not since George Lopez have I been able to see a television show that represents a culture similar to mine. Picture it: Beverly Hills, early to mid 2010s, four Latina maids working hard picking up after their employers. Suspense ensues as the residents—and their servants—of the affluent community learn about the disappearance of one of their own. Tensions escalate when someone is murdered, and somehow the four Latin ladies are caught in the middle of it all. Intrigued yet?
Marc Cherry (yes, the creator of Desperate Housewives) is the man behind the adaptation of the hit Mexican telenovela “Ellas Son…La Alegría Del Hogar.” “Devious Maids,” is its American name, and I know what you’re thinking. It’s a direct translation, right?
Of course not. How Cherry—or the producers who brought the show to him—came up with “Devious Maids” from “They are…the Joy of the Home” will forever baffle me. True, the literal translation isn’t inviting, but you’d think they would come up with something that doesn’t paint an already inferior group (both maids and Latinos) in a bad light.
Not that if you don’t know Spanish, you’ll get this… But enjoy.
And true, the story does revolve around maids whose suspicious behaviors cause raised eyebrows among the wealthy members of the Beverly Hills community. But there’s no need to promote and exploit the vicious cycle of poor representation of the Hispanic population in TV and film. Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc—naturally, these countries can get away with it because they have representation of Hispanics in dominant roles as well. And over here? Where are the dominant Hispanic cast TV series (and films for that matter) of doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc? I think there could be just as much suspense and drama with these types of characters as well.