Andy

June 17, 2013

Opinion: The problem with "Devious Maids" goes far beyond Hollywood

Novelist Alisa Valdes: 'Six years ago- I had a deal with Lifetime Television to develop my bestselling novel- The Dirty Girls Social Club- as a TV series. It soon became clear that the relationship wasn't going to work- when two executives insisted that my pilot outline "wasn't Latin enough-" because it told of middle class- educated American women who happened to be Latina. "This reads as if it were about me and my friends-" complained one executive in disgust. … Why don't we make the girls debating whether or not to date men in prison? I know that's what Latinas talk about- just like it's what black women talk about." Right. Because all middle class- college-educated professional women talk about dating prisoners.'

Opinion: The problem with "Devious Maids" goes far beyond Hollywood

Six years ago- I had a deal with Lifetime Television to develop my bestselling novel- The Dirty Girls Social Club- as…