Here’s Why Sofia Vergara’s Golden Globes Joke Rubbed People The Wrong Way

When does self-deprecation cross the line and become self-degradation? We’re asking ourselves that question after Sofia Vergara’s recent appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes.

When Vergara took the stage Sunday night, she proceeded to perform a bit that induced lots of eye-rolls on social media. Here’s what the highest-paid actress on TV said:

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has an anal tradition. I didn’t mean — they have an anus tradition. They have a tradition that they do every year of choosing a second-generation performer to assist in the presentation of the awards.”

She meant to say “annual.” Get it?

In a vacuum, the joke isn’t a big deal. Vergara is Colombian and English is her second language. Kinda makes sense, right? Except the English-is-my-second-language-so-I’m-going-to-‘hilariously’-screw-up-the-pronunciation-of-several-words-because-I-don’t-know-any-better-joke isn’t something completely unique to Vergara’s personal story. For those who have been following Latinx performers in Hollywood for decades, it’s pretty much the go-to joke for writers dealing with foreigners who have an accent — especially those from Latin America. Even the YouTube video embedded above is titled “Funny Golden Globes Blooper” because the person who uploaded it apparently couldn’t fathom Vergara being in on the joke.

Vergara didn’t write the bit, but she agreed to do it. Why? Presumably, Vergara felt it was a joke that could just as well been delivered by Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, the character she plays on “Modern Family.” On the show, Delgado-Pritchett is a trophy wife who often loses things in translation. But if you watch enough episodes of the show, it becomes clear her character has more depth that what you see on the surface.

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CREDIT: Vergara on Modern Family       Credit: ABC

That’s where people take issue with the bit Vergara performed. She’s not Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, but it appears she’s repeatedly expected to play that role in real life. When Vergara must constantly deliver jokes about her accent — or her appearance — we only get to see a caricature of a Latina. In real life, Vergara is an immigrant. For many years, she was a single mother. She’s a cancer survivor. She’s been nominated for four Emmys and currently reigns as the highest-paid actress on TV. She’s more than a “funny” accent.

Just a few days ago, a young Latina named Perla Nation shared a story about her father, who was inspired by Diego Luna’s role in Rogue One. Luna, who plays a rebel intelligence officer named Cassian Andor, kept his Mexican accent for the role. Nation said it made her father proud to see someone with an accent just like his starring in a major motion picture. The story went viral.

For many, it seemed like a turning point in how Hollywood could represent someone with an accent. It felt like progress. Vergara’s joke at the Golden Globes felt like a step back.

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This 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Was The Real Golden Globes Winner


This 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Was The Real Golden Globes Winner

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This is Juanita Hernandez.

Juanita was among the many photographers taking pictures of celebrities as they waltzed down the red carpet at the 74th annual Golden Globes.

Along with being the youngest photographer on the red carpet, Juanita was arguably as big of a celebrity as those passing by.

No seriously, celebrities were stopping to take a photo with her.

But things haven’t always been this exciting for young Juanita.

When Juanita was five years old she was diagnosed with cancer. As part of her treatment, doctors had to remove one of Juanita’s kidneys.

“I was taking ballet classes and I love going to the beach on weekends. Then I was diagnosed with cancer in march 2014,” wrote Hernandez on Instagram.

The diagnosis changed Juanita’s life, but she didn’t let it keep her from living.

Between treatments, Juanita took up hobbies, one of which was photography.

I had my camera with me all the time.” – Juanita Hernandez.

Enter the Pablove Shutterbugs.


The Pablove Foundation sponsors the Pablove Shutterbugs summer workshop, where children with cancer can develop their photography skills.


According to their website, the organization’s “goal is to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer by forming a community of learners, introducing students to a new art form, and connecting them to creative spaces in their hometown.”

Thanks to the Pablove organization, Juanita was able to hang with celebs and seasoned photographers at the 2017 Golden Globes.

Like, seriously hang.

Actors may have their stylists and fashion, but Juanita’s smile out-shined even the brightest stars on the red carpet.

“Every picture that I took while I was sick it reminds me of my past and the difficult times, but also as I look myself now, it reminds me of the great future ahead me,” wrote Juanita on Instagram.

Thanks to the Pablove Foundation, children faced with cancer are thriving through the arts and a whole lot of love.

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