Actress Eva Longoria has defended her upcoming TV show Devious Maids from critics over allegations the drama perpetuates negative stereotypes of Latino women.
The new series, produced by Longoria and created by Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, features five Latinas working as domestic servants in the homes of Hollywood's rich and famous - and although it has yet to premiere in America, the show is already drawing criticism from officials at heritage groups, who claim the storyline is offensive and demeaning to their culture.
Longoria has been bombarded with tweets from those who fear the new drama will put Latinas in a bad light and now she has spoken out to address the controversy in a promotional video for the show.
She says, "When we get any backlash for playing the stereotypical maids, my immediate response is, 'So you're telling me those stories aren't worth telling? That those people are lesser than?'"
The cast members agree, with actress Roselyn Sanchez saying, "We don't think that (by) playing maids we're being demeaning to the Latino culture." And co-star Ana Ortiz insists, "The more that we talk about it, the more people are aware of it, the better."
Devious Maids is set to air on cable network Lifetime on Sunday (23Jun13).