Friday, July 23, 2010

My Thoughts: Latinas left out of new CBS Daytime Talk Show

Sara Gilbert
I support when women have their own businesses, own ventures and own television shows. But I must admit it has bothered me for quite some time that a Latina has never been a permanent fixture on ABC's The View.

Remember there have been quite a few openings after some hosts were fired or left on their own to pursue other opportunities: Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, and Debbie Matenopoulos.

So while we wait for our turn to sit on one of those golden chairs on The View, I thought maybe, just maybe a Latina would get a chance to represent us on the new CBS daily daytime talk show hosted by mothers. I mean, we are the fastest, growing minority group in the country. That should mean something right?

Courtesy CBS: Julie Chen
This week CBS announced its line-up of mothers for a daily talk show that will replace the soap opera, As the World Turns. Guess what? There is not one Latina in the bunch of six hosts: Julie Chen (CBS Morning Anchor), Holly Robinson-Peate (actress), Sara Gilbert (actress), Marissa Jaret Winokur (actress), Leah Remini (Actress) and Sharon Osbourne (Reality Star, Wife of Rocker).

The show doesn't have a name yet, but they'll be chatting about entertainment and news stories. Hey Latinas can talk about that too. We can talk about Brad Pitt and the Oscars: as well as immigration, racism, and being bicultural and bilingual. Though I want to support a new women's show; another part of me says "Hey you weren't even invited to the table."

Holly Robinson-Peete
Don't get me wrong, I think the new hosts are all good at what they do.  But I look at members of Wise Latinas Linked and I can pick out hundreds of intelligent, compassionate, funny, and quick-thinking-on-their-feet type of mothers.

I'll have to think real hard on whether I can support another show that doesn't represent the fastest minority group in the country. At least "As The World Turns" had two Latinos at one time on the soap opera.

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Thanks for listening!

Rebecca Aguilar
Founder of Wise Latinas Linked

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