Eva Longoria Admits 'I Diminished The Importance Of The Black Women's Vote This Election'
The actress has since apologized, again.
November 09, 2020 at 2:27 pm
Update (November 11, 2020): Actress and activist Eva Longoria apologized on-air for her comments this weekend about the role Black women played in bringing out voters for the Nov. 3 election.
Longoria appeared on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show The ReidOut and profusely apologized for trying to downplay the role of Black women in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
.@EvaLongoria: "In my effort to celebrate Latina turnout, I diminished the importance of the Black women's vote in this election. And what I said was wrong.
It is a fact that African American women showed up in record numbers and brought us to victory. They saved this country." pic.twitter.com/wbO30cFRlj
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) November 11, 2020
"In my effort to celebrate Latina turnout, I diminished the importance of the Black women's vote in this election. And what I said was wrong. It is a fact that African American women showed up in record numbers and brought us to victory. They saved this country," Longoria told Reid.
She said she was exhausted when she appeared on MSNBC and did not mean to denigrate Black women while she lauded the work of Latina women.
“I recognize the harm that my words caused and if we’ve learned anything from this administration, it's that words matter. So I take full responsibility for that mistake because I want everybody to know that we stand on the shoulders of Black women who always show up. Black women have carried us for decades when it comes to civic engagement,” Longoria said.
“And I get that there’s a collective exhaustion and hurt at feeling erased yet again, and I contributed to that pain in a moment where Black women should have been lifted up, not erased. I failed to do that. This is what an uncomfortable moment looks like and I can only show up and be better and do better and that's what I'm doing,” she added.
Responses to her apology were mixed. One person said it was understandable to mess up while on live TV while another said the comments reflected how Longoria truly felt about Black women.
“Honorable and classy. As someone who has not always articulated my thoughts as clearly as I intended on live tv, I appreciate how hard this can be. Almost everyone in here saying this was unforgivable and she said exactly what she meant has never done a live tv interview. Trust. That is all,” said New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones on Twitter.
Honorable and classy. As someone who has not always articulated my thoughts as clearly as I intended on live tv, I appreciate how hard this can be. https://t.co/YGF7a3hPgA
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) November 11, 2020
Others were far less forgiving.
“Listen…. when are we gonna learn that everything isn’t forgivable? She articulated perfectly exactly what she meant. She came on set with clear intentions on what she’d say, & she didn’t stutter. Take it for exactly what it is; erasure,” one Twitter user wrote.
Original (November 9, 2020): For the past week, many online and in the media have been lauding the painstaking work of Black women in Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania for helping to push the swing states in favor of president-elect Joe Biden.
During her speech on Saturday night, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris specifically shouted out Black women, telling the millions watching that Black women are often overlooked yet "so often prove they are the backbone of our democracy."
But actress Eva Longoria took a much different view of the situation. In an interview on MSNBC Sunday night, Longoria went out of her way to compare the work of Latina women and Black women, telling host Ari Melber that Latina women "are the real heroines."
“The women of color showed up in big ways. Of course, you saw in Georgia what Black women have done but Latina women are the real heroines here, beating men in turnout in every state, and voting for Biden/Harris at an average rate of 3-to-1," Longoria said when asked about the role women played in Biden's win.
As one would expect, this did not go over well. Online, people of all ethnicities criticized the actress for trying to make it a competition and for trying to downplay the pivotal work of countless Black women.