Eva Longoria apologizes for 2020 US Election Remarks
After a controversial interview on MSNBC, Eva Longoria has finally apologized for her controversial remarks regarding the 2020 US Elections. Many on social media accused her of downplaying the pivotal role of black women in President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Longoria, who has been a Democratic activist for some time, claimed that U.S. Latinas are the “real heroines” behind Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s 2020 US election victory. She made the claim during a segment of MSNBC where the role of black women was being discussed in the contributions to Biden’s victory.
Longoria apologizes for downplaying the role of black women in 2020 US Elections
As soon as her comments caused outrage on social media, Longoria posted a clarification on Instagram:
Watching this back I can see that this sounds like I’m comparing Latinas to Black women, which I would never do. I was comparing Latinas to their male counterparts, but my wording was not clear and I deeply regret that…
Eva Longoria further continued about how important black women have been in this election. She mentioned how there was a 90% turnout among them, and said that she meant black women weren’t alone in their support for Biden.
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 deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done year after year!! Over 90% of black women showed up for Biden. 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!
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The comments from Eva Longoria that sparked controversy were as follows:
The women of color showed up in big ways. 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 of close to 3-to-1.
Eva Longoria to @AriMelber on the impact of Latina women: “That spirit and perseverance that Latinas use in their daily life, the struggle to pay their bills and the struggle to show up to their jobs … that’s the same perseverance and spirit they used to show up to the polls,” pic.twitter.com/BiATbXbaeG
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 9, 2020
Twitter outrage over Longoria’s comments
As a result, Longoria got widespread condemnation from many on Twitter. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted:
Stop erasing the work of Black women.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 9, 2020
Furthermore, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Los Angeles wing also condemned Eva Longoria for her comments undermining black women. They tweeted:
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
Here are some other significant reactions to Longoria’s comments:
Some Latinas ARE Black women. For example, my sister, mother and I. Good morning.
— Sandra E. Garcia (@S_Evangelina) November 9, 2020
Latinas defending Eva Longoria… We have to face the anti-blackness & erasure of Afro-Latinas in our culture. We don’t have to diminish the accomplishments of Black women to elevate ourselves. It’s another form of white supremacy.
— Erika L. Sánchez (@ErikaLSanchez) November 9, 2020