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In Celebration Of Funny Latinas

Hot Take Time:Latinas aren’t given nearly enough credit for being the funniest people on the planet.

Let’s fix that by focusing on a few of the most hilarious women in recent history. OK? OK!

Velia Martínez

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If you’ve never seen “¿Qué Pasa, USA?,” you need to get on that immediately. If you’re already a fan, you’ll agree the show’s shining star is far and away Velia Martínez as the quintessential Cuban abuela. The episode in which she attempts to pass her citizenship test is *kisses fingertips* pure comedic gold, especially when you keep in mind that Velia was actually fluent in English the entire time.

Eva Longoria

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Eva Longoria gets a lot of well-deserved attention for her work in politics and media in general, but not enough is said about her truly impeccable comedic timing. Need evidence? Look no further than her Golden Globes bit with fellow Latina America Ferrera.

America Ferrera

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…Speaking of America: Yup, she’s here, too! Because as excited as we are for her turn in “Superstore,” “Ugly Betty” remains a comedy classic thanks in large part to America’s expert ability to mix being hopelessly awkward and endlessly endearing in a charming, hilarious way.

Shayla Rivera

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If you’ve never watched Shayla Rivera’s thoughts on why there’s no dude equivalent of “Girls Gone Wild” for women, do yourself a huge favor and watch that now. With all due respect to those with balls, “huevos aren’t pretty.” Sorry.

Sandra Valls

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Sandra mines a lot of humor not only from being female and Latina (like, you know, every other awesome person on this list), but also from being gay. Check out her bit on being gay, Mexican and pale (Yes, she’s heard aaaallll the nicknames) right over here.

Aida Rodriguez

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Aida’s stand-up comedy is based on saying the things we all want to, but usually can’t. For example, when discussing the joys of motherhood Aida says, “I have a seventeen-year-old daughter. And I don’t like that bitch.” Which: fair. We’ve all been a teen girl. We get it.

Aubrey Plaza

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Not only was she basically the poster woman for grumpy Latinas everywhere as April Ludgate, Aubrey was also the voice of the grumpiest of all cats. She’s made the switch to the big screen in movies like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Safety Not Guaranteed” (where she showed she can do more subtle, “why-is-this-making-me-cry” comedy, too) and “The To Do List.” Plus, she’s Chris Bosh’s mom.

Anjelah Johnson

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Anjelah Johnson’s been at this whole comedy thing for some time now. You might remember her best for her time on MADtv, but she’s also been in movies, including lending her voice to “The Book of Life.” If you want more Anjelah, you can enjoy her 2015 comedy special, “Not Fancy,” riiiight now.

Belita Moreno

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A fact about ICON Belita Moreno: Not only was she one of the best, most hilarious things about “George Lopez,” she also had a role in CAMP CLASSIC “Mommie Dearest,” which automatically makes her an idol now and forever. Honestly, just look at her acting credits — which include “Full House,” “Golden Girls,” “Roseanne” and “Melrose Place” — and bow down.

Sofia Vergara

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No matter how you might feel like about her character Gloria’s comments about what it means to be Colombian, there’s no doubt that Sofia, in addition to being a pretty phenomenal business woman, is a kickass comedic actress with terrific timing and a willingness to do whatever it takes for the sake of a joke.

Cristela Alonzo

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Her NBC sitcom was gone too soon, but we cannot wait to see what Cristela comes up with next. And in the meantime, we have her stellar stand-up to keep us going. Her bit about going to nightclubs is a great place to start.

Gina Brillon

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Like, I want to hang out with Gina Brillon. I want us to get drinks and maybe some mozzarella stick situation and just talk about whatever she feels like that talking about…like being in your 30s and still loving the beautiful tragedy that is Forever 21. Plus, she just so happens to be Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ protégée. No big deal.

Sofia Gonzalez

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Sofia’s been featured on BuzzFeed and Más Mejor and is set to star in an upcoming comedy on ABC. So keep your eye on her for sure. In the meantime, you can check out her web series about dating (and then very quickly… not dating).

Cardi B

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Cardi B is, in a word, perfect. She’s woke, ambitious, driven, smart, and funny as hell. Her Instagram videos are super addictive and will keep you laughing for hours. If you’re not devoted to Cardi B, then we can’t be friends. This is, after all, the woman who gave the world the immortal phrase “A ho never gets cold.”

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Did we miss your favorite funny Latina? Let us know, below!

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, and big-name stars gathered to celebrate and acknowledge groundbreaking television programs. One of the celebrities that made a special appearance was America Ferrera.

In a segment called “This Is What I Sound Like,” Ferrera spoke about her troubling experiences as a young Latina actress just starting off in Hollywood.

Before the segment, “Grown-ish” actress Yara Shahidi introduced the segment, emphasizing the importance of representation onscreen.

“The stories we tell on TV shape how we see ourselves and others,” she said. “And how we are seen can many times determine how we are treated. The dream of television is the freedom to live our full and nuanced lives outside of boxes and assumptions.”

In a pre-recorded segment, Ferrera then described her first audition in Hollywood–an experience that ended up being a formative one.

“I was 16-years-old when I got my very first audition and I was this little brown chubby Valley Girl who spoke, you know, like a Valley Girl,” Ferrera explained. “I walked in, did my audition. The casting director looked at me and was like, ‘That’s great. Can you do that again, but this time, sound ‘more Latina?””

According to Ferrera, she asked the casting director whether she wanted her to do the audition in Spanish. The casting director declined. Ferrera tried to explain the contradiction of the directions, telling the casting director: “I am a Latina and this is what I sound like.” Needless to say, she did not get the part.

When she went home to tell her family the story, they seemed unsurprised by the blatant stereotyping Ferrera was facing. They told her that the entertainment industry will want her to “speak in broken English” and “sound like a chola”.

“What did you think was gonna happen?” her family members asked her. “[Hollywood was] gonna have you starring in the next role made for Julia Roberts?”

According to Ferrera, the realization that Hollywood saw her in a different way than she saw herself made her want to “create more opportunity for little brown girls to fulfill their talent and their dream.”

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Since then, the Honduran-American actress has starred in numerous projects that illustrate the diversity of the Latinx experience in America, from “Real Women Have Curves” to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to “Ugly Betty“. Most recently, Ferrera dipped her toe into the producing waters with the bilingual Netflix series “Gentified“.

Although Ferrera is putting in the work for more Latinx representation onscreen, the Television Academy still has a long way to go when it comes to recognizing Latinx talent. Unfortunately, the only Latino person nominated for an Emmy this year was Argentine-Mexican actress Alexis Bledel for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Here’s to hoping that Latinos like America Ferrera will continue to make their voices heard, giving inspiration to little brown girls everywhere who want nothing more than to see themselves onscreen.

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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On Monday, host, and actress Ellen DeGeneres returned to her show for her first episode since her daytime talk show came under investigation for harboring a “toxic” workplace environment. Intent on restoring her sunny reputation, the comedian addressed the allegations head-on with an opening monologue that described her summer as “great” and by issuing an apology that fans have long been waiting for.

Returning to the studio for the show’s season premiere, DeGeneres apologized to those who had been negatively affected while working as part of her staff.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” DeGeneres admitted. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” The Finding Doy Star went onto explain that she claims “responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Over the summer, soon after the pandemic broke, various former and current staff members of DeGeneres’ show alleged that they had endured harassment, intimidation and racism.

In a report published by BuzzFeed, former employees claimed that the 32-time Daytime Emmy Award winner’s “be kind” persona was “all for show.” After she and various other senior staffers were accused of fostering a toxic work environment, her show’s parent company WarnerMedia issued an apology. Three of the show’s top producers also made an exit.

In response to the allegations, WarnerMedia addressed concerns at the time saying “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously.” Soon after, in July, DeGeneres issued an email apology to her team and revealed that an internal investigation had been launched.

On Monday, the host explained that after making “the necessary changes,” she and WarnerMedia “had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”

She went onto joke about her reputation as the “be kind” lady, and claimed that it is “a tricky position to be in.”

“Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in,” she admitted. “So let me give you some advice out there if anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV.”

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