Coming off the heels of the release of his salsa album “3.0,” Marc Anthony brushed off the suggestion that the entertainment industry owes the Latino community improved representation on the heels of television series such as “Devious Maids,” which stars a cast of Latinas as maids to wealthy employers in Beverly Hills, California.
“As far as people being in uproar, they don’t owe us anything,” Anthony said Tuesday in an interview on HuffPost Live in response to a question about the controversy regarding stereotypes on “Devious Maids.” “The industry doesn’t owe us anything, networks don’t owe us anything. You have a complaint? Educate yourself, take up writing, become a producer, direct it.”
Anthony – who has acted and produced several television shows and films, including 2011 talent show “Q’Viva! The Chosen” – said that ultimately, responsibility rests with the Latino community to produce projects that reflect positive portrayal of the community.
“You know what I’m saying? Get up and do it — write good material, produce good films,” said Anthony. “I’m not of the mind that we’re owed [anything] because ‘oh every Latino on TV is either criminal’ …then get up and do better.”
Anthony’s appearance comes a week following his performance of “God Bless America” at the MLB All-Star game, which earned hateful criticism from baseball fans who protested that the Puerto Rican singer was “un-American.” But the native New Yorker’s response to the backlash earned praise from fans, who applauded the salsero’s remarks on the NBC Latino’s Facebook page as “phenomenal” and “classy.
“Let’s get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me,” Anthony said in response to the Twitter comments last week in an interview with “Live with Kelly and Michael.” “You can’t get more New York than me.”
Anthony’s reaction to the backlash earned praise from fans, who applauded the salsero’s remarks on the NBC Latino Facebook page as “phenomenal” and “classy.”
The criticism surrounding Anthony’s All-Star game performance is the latest in a string of backlash regarding Latino representation in media.
In June, 11-year-old mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz was the target of cruel comments online regarding his performance of the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA Finals and in May, the Kennedy Centers Honors announced a new review process following criticism regarding its omission of Latinos from the nation’s highest cultural honor. The 2013 Oscars – Hollywood’s annual award ceremony honoring achievement in film – also was the target of scrutiny after Mexican actress Lupe Ontiveros was not included in its In Memoriam segment.