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Sofia Vergara Responds To Those Who Think She’s Playing A Stereotype

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A few weeks after Sofia Vergara’s much-discussed performance at the 2017 Golden Globes, the highest paid actress on TV said she’s OK with playing a stereotype. In a recent interview with Hola! magazine, Vergara said when it comes to Gloria Pritchett, the character she plays on “Modern Family,” she’s OK if people think she’s playing a stereotype. According to Hola!, Vergara said, “What’s wrong with being a stereotype? Gloria’s character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. They are both Latin women who grew up in Colombia, like me.”

Vergara did not address the mixed reviews she’s received for appearances at the Emmys and Golden Globes, where she wasn’t playing a character. In 2014, Vergara was literally put on a pedestal during the Emmys, which drew some criticism from people who felt she was being objectified. Earlier this year, Vergara also rubbed some people the wrong way for doing what they felt was a hackneyed “foreigner-can’t-speak-English-well” joke.

According to People magazine, Vergara told Hola! she’s upset when people complain about her character. Vergara says, “I am grateful for the opportunity because the gringos have let me in with this strong accent I have. Eight years ago nobody had an accent like this on television.”


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

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Los Angeles' Police Chief Explains Why Los Angeles Needs Its Undocumented Population

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Los Angeles’ Police Chief Explains Why Los Angeles Needs Its Undocumented Population

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Undocumented immigrants aren’t exactly the boogeymen that current political rhetoric would have you believe. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck appears to know this well, the Los Angeles Times reports. From decades of working with his city’s undocumented population, Beck says he has gained the kind of invaluable experience necessary to know what works and what doesn’t. Beck says he understands the vital role these 500,000 (his estimate) people play in the societal fabric of Los Angeles, a sanctuary city, and the harm that could result from a massive deportation effort. And this exactly why Beck has publicly refused to turn his police force into President Trump’s “immigration cops.”

Police Chief Beck’s understanding of the undocumented population has evolved over the course of his career.

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According to Beck, making police officers enforce immigration policy will “come at the expense of public safety.” He believes it would also make undocumented immigrants easier to exploit, as they are less likely to go to the police.

“In the mid-1990s, when the state cracked down [on] illegal immigration, all we did was drive people underground,” Beck told the Los Angeles Times. In that kind of environment, Beck said, it becomes difficult for the police to do their job because undocumented witnesses are less likely to speak up.  That’s not the environment Beck wants to create in Los Angeles, and for Beck, it’s not just a matter of losing federal money, it’s a matter of sticking to his beliefs.

The Los Angeles Times‘ piece on Police Chief Beck is a glimpse into the mind of a man who has worked with undocumented immigrants for over 40 years, and it’s worth a read.


[H/T] LAPD Chief Beck explains why he doesn’t want his officers to be immigration cops


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