After Eva Longoria spoke to MSNBC‘s Ari Melber on November 9th, some of her comments about which voters carried Joe Biden to his win didn’t sit well with some viewers.
The actress is a long-time Democratic supporter and has been known to be quite vocal about her support for the party. Earlier this year she even hosted the first night of the 2020 Democratic convention.
As a Latina herself, Eva has also been active in the discourse around Latinx voting and helped to start She Se Puede, a platform that aims to encourage Latina voting.
So it should come as no surprise that Eva was more than happy to go on air to both celebrate and analyse the recent Democratic win of the 2020 election. However, what she didn’t predict is how some of her comments would be interpreted by viewers.
During the interview, when asked about women voters’ role in the outcome, Eva said:
“The women of colour 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 turn out in every single state,”
Watch Eva Longoria’s MSNBC comments yourself here:
Twitters’ reaction Eva’s comments
A lot of viewers felt disappointed in Eva’s comments during her interview, and claimed she had pitted Latina women against Black women.
Some not only felt offended by Eva Longoria’s comments on MSNBC, but also explained that they were inaccurate.
Many viewers drew comparisons with Gina Rodriguez, who was ‘cancelled’ for her comments previously too.
Some viewers however felt differently about the comments:
Eva Longoria’s response to the MSNBC backlash:
In a series of tweets, the actress explained that her comments on MSNBC had been taken the wrong way. The actress said she was attempting to compare Latina women to Latino men rather than to Black women.
“I was comparing Latinas to Latino men. Not black women. I meant Latinas were the ones who showed up for our LatinX community,” reads part of her statement.