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Eva Longoria Is Being Called Out For Dragging Former ‘Housewives’ Actors And Defending Felicity Huffman

Earlier this year, a major college admission scandal was exposed and at the center of it was actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman was found guilty of mail fraud for paying $15,000 to increase her daughter’s SAT scores. As of now, she awaits sentencing but is expected to be given at least a month in prison for her crime.

However, before the judge announces her sentence, celebrity friends and loved ones have sent in letters of support for Huffman, asking for leniency.

Among the letters was a testimonial from her “Desperate Housewives” co-star, Eva Longoria, and it revealed some major onset drama.

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In the letter, Longoria called Huffman her “good friend” and recalled how welcoming the actress was to the Latina, who was new to Hollywood at the time. She also recalled her first table read where Huffman offered support to her co-star after seeing her “alone, scared, and unsure of where to go and what to do.”

Additionally, Longoria revealed that she was bullied on set by another actress. Though she didn’t divulge who the bully was, “Desperate Housewives” was plagued by drama and tension between the cast and had rumors of a feud between Teri Hatcher and the rest of the actors.

Longoria wrote, “I dreaded the days I had to go to work with that person because it was pure torture.”

In the letter, Longoria revealed that the bullying didn’t stop until Huffman intervened.

“Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone,” the actress said in the letter.

The letter also revealed other ways that Huffman supported Longoria during their time at “Desperate Housewives.”

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It was also revealed that Longoria was being paid less than her co-stars. According to the letter, it was Huffman’s idea to pursue renegotiations as a group so they could reach a fair conclusion.

“That did not go over too well with the others,” Longoria explained. “But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us. The fight lasted weeks, but Felicity held strong and convinced everyone this was the right thing to do.”

The letter also revealed that Huffman was the only co-star that supported Longoria’s charities and special projects.

“[The other women] were all usually too busy to help, except Felicity,” she wrote. “I can’t tell you how many times she was the only one who would physically show up to help me with kids with cancer, or children with special needs.”

Though Longoria’s letter comes from a place of friendship, not everyone appreciated the actress’ support of Huffman.

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Some Twitter users pointed out that Longoria’s letter shouldn’t circumvent the justice system and that Huffman’s punishment shouldn’t be lessened just because of the words of her friends and family.

Other’s mentioned the injustice that was perpetrated against a deserving student because of Huffman’s actions.

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In order to get her daughter into college, Huffman took a position from a deserving student who didn’t have the privilege of a parent who would buy their acceptance. Character witnesses from Huffman’s friends and family don’t negate the wrong she did to this student.

Overall, we don’t know if Longoria’s letter will help with leniency, but a lot of us still appreciate that “Desperate Housewives” tea she spilled.

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This whole college admission scandal has the makings of a novela and we’ll be sure to keep following the drama.

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Aunt Becky’s Daughters Are Struggling With Her Jail Time

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Aunt Becky’s Daughters Are Struggling With Her Jail Time

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Updated November 23, 2020.

Nearly a year after the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal gained national attention, actress Lori Loughlin (best known for her role as Aunt Becky in the family sitcom “Full House”) has begun her sentence in prison. The actress, who paid $500,000 in bribes to arrange to have her two daughters accepted into USC, began her sentence on October 30th and is a “wreck.” Still, according to US Weekly, the actress is trying “her best to be brave and look at the end result but there was nothing that could dissipate her fears.”

US Weekly reports that an unnamed sources Loughlin was dreading her two months sentence. “Her mind keeps telling her that something will go horribly wrong in prison or that her stay could be prolonged.”

While Loughlin’s prison sentence is proving hard for her, it’s her daughters that seem to be hurting the most.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli’s daughters are without their parents who are now both in jail for their role in last year’s college admissions scandal. A source close to the family recently told People that their daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli are not taking the separation well.

“It’s just a nightmare for them,” the source told People “They were very upset when they said goodbye to Lori. But to have both of their parents now in prison at the same time is very upsetting.”

Giannulli was sent to prison on Nov. 19, booked into a federal prison in Lompoc, California. He is serving five months in prison on two fraud charges.

Loughlin reported to prison at the end of October to serve a two-month sentence at a location in Dublin, California.

Three weeks into Loughlin’s sentence, a source close to the actress revealed that she is slowly adjusting to her daily prison routine.

“She has not had any specific problems,” a source told People.com. “No one has tried any s— with her. No one is bullying her. The guards aren’t treating her any differently than other inmates.”

“She was a little weepy on her first night there,” the source revealed. “But she pulled herself together quickly. Now she’s resolved to finish her sentence with her head held high.”

The medium security prison offers pilates and yoga, as well as classes in calisthenics. The actress will be in quarantine for 14 days before joining the rest of the prison members who are part of the same facility where actress Felicity Huffman also served 11 days of her sentence for her part in the scandal. The Dublin facility reportedly has lower COVID-19 numbers.. Loughlin is expected to be released by Christmas.

Lori Loughlin‘s daughter Olivia Jade Giannull, who got into University of Southern California after her parents paid $500,000 to get her in, spoke out about her “white privilege” earlier this year.

During the summer, Jade, 20, posted a story to her Instagram page addressing nationwide protests over the unwarranted deaths of Black people across the country like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Speaking to her followers, Jade underlined that “not being racist is not enough.”

Jade urged followers to speak up and correct others when they hear them spout racist comments.

“If you hear people saying disrespectful things. CORRECT THEM. Don’t sit there & allow this to continue happening,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “[And if] someone saying something like ‘no one is around that it offends.’ Or ‘It’s a joke’ IT SHOULD OFFEND all of us because it’s outright wrong and disgusting that humans talk/treat other HUMANS the way we’ve seen. Explain how it’s not funny at all. How actually ignorant it sounds. How uneducated you sound when u [sic] are are undermining what black people had had to deal with for generations. Speak up!!!”

Jand went on to explain that as a “person who is born into privilege based on my skin color & financial situation I was not always aware that these issues were still so present. And that makes me feel awful. But that also fuels me.”

Jade also said that she wants to”learn more and do more and be better for all my beautiful black friends and any other person who faces discrimination.”

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“I’m not racist and I never have been but I need to speak up about this because just not being racist isn’t enough. It out rages [sic] me. It makes me feel sick. It brings me to tears. THERE SHOULD NOT BE SUCH A GAP BETWEEN PEOPLE LIKE THIS,” she explained.

Jade also directed her followers to use their white privilege to stop the injustice.

“‘We need to support and stand up and speak and USE OUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO STOP THIS. We need to stop complaining about the smallest things because the black community are fearful of dying and being oppressed every single day just on the way they look and how they were born,” she wrote. “Time to step up and keep making noise because this cannot continue to happen. IT’S DISGUSTING.”

Although clearly Jade meant well, many expressed that they felt her comments were tone-deaf.

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Many were quick to point out that Jade’s parents have been using their white privilege in the past year since being accused of bribing their daughters into school to get off scot-free. In fact, it was recently revealed that if the judge presiding over their case accepts their formal plea agreements this week Jade’s parents will only serve two months and five months in prison for their crimes.

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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