No one will ever get it right unless they realize that not everyone in Latin America comes from Mexico, Puerto Rico or Central America. Each a nd every country, including my native Argentina is different, with different ways of speaking, thinking and feeling. I watch novelas or soap operas from Mexico on Telemundo and Univision because that’s all they import. Some of them, like Una Maid en Manhattan, are pretty good, with god actors and a great female antagonist. Una Maid works because it’s a basic Cinderella story based on the movie starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes. The writers changed a lot of it, and it was a pleasure for me to watch because the poor, hardworking single mother at the end marries her billionaire. I did not identify with the single mother but I did pull for her.
As a person who came to this country from Buenos Aires at the age of 10, I am fully Americanized. Still, I would like to see Telemundo and Univision show novelas from Argentina. I would like to see Argentina and its actors and writers become more visible in the Hispanic world. But I fear that many years will pass before this happens.
Sofia Vergara was 20 something blonde when I saw her in the mid- 1990s on a show with a man who is now a sportscaster on Univision. I read somewhere that in order to conform, she had to dye her hair dark. Conforming brought her fame and fortune. Still, I don’t think it’s right. She deserves her fame and all that comes with it, but the stereotypes remain, making it harder for other actresses and actors. I suggest that television executives travel to Latin and South America to see and observe first -hand the diversity.