Eva Longoria Apologizes For Saying Latinas, Not Black Women, Are The ‘Real Heroines’ Of The 2020 Election

Eva Longoria Apologizes For Saying Latinas, Not Black Women, Are The ‘Real Heroines’ Of The 2020 Election

The actress appeared to downplay the work of Black women during an interview on MSNBC.

Published November 9th

Written by BET Staff

Eva Longoira is receiving serious backlash for her comments about the role of Latina women in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

While speaking to Ari Melber on November 8, Longoria said, “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."

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After receiving tons of backlash on social media, Longoria released a statement hours later, saying, I'm so sorry and sad to hear that my comments on MSNBC could be perceived as taking credit from Black women. 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."

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She added, "My wording was not clear and I deeply regret that. 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. Finally, Black women don't have to do it alone any longer. Latinas (many who identify as Afro-Latina), indigenous women, AAPI women and other women of color are standing with them so we can grow our collective voice and power. Together, we are unstoppable! Nothing but love and support for Black women everywhere! You deserve a standing ovation!!!!"

While the exit polls are still from the early vote and could change in the upcoming days, Black women reportedly voted for Biden-Harris at 91 percent. Latin women voted for Biden-Harris at 70 percent.

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