Commentary: Is the Devious Maids Controversy Really Warranted?

Lifetime Network has really stepped up their game with original programming, so I was excited to hear they had cast not one, not two, but five Latinas for a new show. You can imagine how low my heart sank when I heard the title, Devious Maids. I felt like picking up the phone and calling up Marc Cherry himself and asking him how such an intelligent and talented man such as himself could not come up with something better for talent including Roselyn Sanchez, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Ana Ortiz, and Edy Ganem?

I have since spoken to Judy Reyes who stars as Zoila Del Barrio, a maid who works for Genevieve Delacourt (Susan Lucci) and have watched the premiere episode. I will not change my stance in that I wish this ensemble cast would be lawyers, doctors, publicists, or even teachers. But the fact remains that Devious Maids is different to the stereotypical maid played time and time again.

In true Marc Cherry fashion, the show is campy and makes fun of the people who are doing the hiring instead of the woman who is helping raise their children while keeping the house tidy and whipping up a meal in the process. Reyes told me something that really rang true: “ My mother was a very hard-working maid and their stories are worth telling.”