Cuban-Venezuelan actress Maria Conchita Alonso faced a backlash from the Latino community after she endorsed a Tea Party immigration hardliner for California governor this month.
Now Alonso has resigned from a production of “The Vagina Monologues” in San Francisco’s Mission District after the producer began taking heat.
“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” producer Eliana Lopez told KPIX 5.
“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez added.
Alonso, best known for her role in “Moscow on the Hudson” starring Robin Williams, appeared in the ad below with Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnely.
“Politicians and big government are killing our prosperity, pushing welfare costs through the roof and driving our schools into the ground,” Donnelly said in the ad. Standing next to him, Alonso jokingly translated in Spanish, “We’re screwed.”
“The Tim Donnelly ad with Maria Conchito Alonso ad is so bad it’s almost laughable,” Café Con Leche, a Latino Republican group, said in a statement. “The ad seems designed to appeal to Hispanic voters, but instead insults the intelligence of many Hispanic voters.”
The group said the ad is an example that “time and time again movie stars often lack common sense.”
Alonso told the newspaper La Opinion that she agrees with Donnelly’s stance on immigration.
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