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Sofia Vergara’s Role on Modern Family: Typical Latina Stereotype?

photo: PR Photos

photo: PR Photos

Since the award-winning sitcom Modern Family hit the scenes, Sofia Vergara has become a household name. She plays the overly sexy and loud trophy wife Gloria Pritchett. Her character, however, has stirred up mixed emotions among Latinos. In a recent interview with EFE, Sofia Vergara defends her role in Modern Family, saying, “Gloria has a lot of my mom and my aunts in her, especially the funniest and most temperamental of them. I love my character; it makes me proud to play her as a symbol of many Latin women, but not all of them.”

Vergara admits that stereotypes exists in the show, but not all Latin women are the same. I understand the frustration some Latinas might see with this character and how they might feel it is setting Latinas back. But in my opinion, the show manages to dole out stereotypes equally and it is, after all, a comedy show. Being Colombian myself, you would think I would be offended by some of the references made throughout the show, but it doesn’t really bother me. I think many people are taking this way out of proportion. The show is supposed to be light-hearted. For those that might think it is only setting bad role models for Latinas, my question would be, where are you looking for role models for your children? On TV? Really?

Do I see myself in Gloria? Not at all. Do I see some of my family members in Gloria? Perhaps. But like Sofia said, “Whoever said that all Latin women are the same? It’s impossible to caricature millions of women from 20 countries. There are many kinds of Latinas, just like there are many types and styles of women all over the world.”

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