Actress Eva Longoria forced to apologize for calling Latina women ‘real heroines’ of election
Actress and emcee of this year’s Democratic National Convention, Eva Longoria, is apologizing for a statement she made on MSNBC when discussing Joe Biden’s projected victories in the 2020 presidential election. She received massive backlash with people accusing her of “anti-Blackness” and “erasing Black Latinx women.”
The 45-year-old actress, who campaigned for Biden this year, spoke on the election results in the state of Georgia, which has not been officially called for one candidate or the other but leans slightly in Biden’s favor. The state’s votes are being contested in court by the Trump campaign.
“The women of color showed up in big ways,” said Longoria. “Of course, you saw in Georgia, what Black women have done, but Latina women were the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state and voting for Biden-Harris at an average rate close to three-to-one.”
According to exit polls, Biden won 92% of the vote among Black women, with 7 in 10 Latina women saying they voted for him compared with 6 in 10 Latino men.
Her comments were widely slammed by the Black community as they appeared to gloss over the voting achievements of Black women in the state. Georgia was a solidly red state but is now viewed by some as having turned blue thanks to efforts by Stacey Abrams and other Black women activists in Georgia to register non-white voters.
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— Eva Longoria Baston (@EvaLongoria) November 9, 2020
“I’m so sorry and sad to hear that my comments could be perceived as taking credit from Black women,” Eva said.
The “Desperate Housewives” star issued her apology via social media on Sunday.
She wrote: “About my MSNBC interview, Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones. Black women should be applauded and lifted up! They brought this victory home in a BIG way!”
Eva Longoria under fire after her interview with @MSNBC about Biden’s victory:
“The women of color showed up in big ways. Of course, you saw in Georgia what Black women have done but Latina women are the real heroines here,” pic.twitter.com/VBcgdTq3cr
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 9, 2020
Longoria made a point that when speaking, she was comparing Latina women to Latino men, not to Black women. She also put the apology up on Instagram and said she “would never” compare Latina women to Black women.
“I was comparing Latinas to their male counterparts, but my wording was not clear and I deeply regret that,” she wrote. “… Black women deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done year after year!! Over 90% of black women showed up for Biden.”
eva longoria undermining the black community (specifically black women) by saying that latina women are the “heroines”. just shows the anti-blackness in our community and how we do not appreciate black women enough for their efforts and what they do.
— sophie 🦃 (@sophiebeatricee) November 9, 2020
She continued: “Finally, Black women shouldn’t have to do it alone. Latinas, many who identify as Afro Latina, and other women of color are standing with them so we can grow our collective voice and power. Together we are unstoppable! Again, so sorry for the confusion and lack of context on my part!”
Longoria is a mainstay in the Democratic party within Hollywood. She has been a prominent and vocal supporter of Biden throughout his campaign and was one of the first celebrities to tweet her congratulations after the election result was preemptively called by the Democrats and the media.
Stop erasing the work of Black women.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 9, 2020
In a statement, the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists publicly rebuked Longoria on Twitter: “Eva Longoria should apologize for her divisive comment about ‘real heroines.’ We have to stand up for Black women, including Black Latinas, who are standing up against injustice for all of us. White and brown Latinos must do more to fight racism in our newsrooms and beyond.”
Eva Longoria should apologize for her divisive comment about “real heroines.” We have to stand up for Black women, including Black Latinas, who are standing up against injustice for all of us. White and brown Latinos must do more to fight racism in our newsrooms and beyond. https://t.co/AkY0JUQSTz
— NAHJ Los Angeles (@NAHJ_LOSANGELES) November 9, 2020