Eva Longoria has publicly apologized for her post-election commentary that seemed to make light of Black women’s impact on the Biden-Harris win.
During the actress’ Sunday (Nov. 8) appearance on MSNBC, she expressed that “women of color showed up in big ways,” following up with a statement that claimed Latina women were the “real heroines” of the election.
“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 3:1,” she said. “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.”
Longoria’s comments were met with backlash from Americans aware that Black women voters were largely responsible for Biden’s win. The “Desperate Housewives” star later took to social media to apologize and make known the intention behind her statements.
“I’m so sorry and sad to hear that my comments on MSNBC could be perceived as taking credit from Black women,” she said. “When I said that Latinas were heroines in this election, I simply meant that they turned out in greater numbers and voted more progressively than LATINO MEN.”
“My wording was not clear and I deeply regret that,” she continued. “There is such a history in our community of anti-Blackness in our community, and I would never want to contribute to that, so let me be very clear: 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.”
Longoria added that Black women no longer have to act alone as other women of color are standing with them. “Together, we are unstoppable! Nothing, but love and support for Black women everywhere! You deserve a standing ovation!!!!” she said.
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