ABC’s Modern Family isn’t just one of the highest-rated shows on television, it’s also an awards darling. Last month, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez and the rest of the cast of the Emmy-winning series picked up their third consecutive SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble. Despite its critical success, the series has received criticism during its four seasons on television. Here’s a look at five Modern Family controversies.
Gloria Called a Latina Stereotype
Sofia Vergara may have earned three Golden Globe, three Emmy and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for portraying the bold and the beautiful Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family, but the response to her character hasn’t all been positive. "Latino stereotypes prevail," said Abel Ortiz at La Prensa, pointing out Gloria’s poor English-speaking skills and heavy accent, the mention of crime and drugs in her native Colombia, the jokes about her being a gold digger and the way Vergara’s character always dresses as if she "were going to a club." Vergara’s response? “I am not scared of the stereotypes,” she tells The Daily Beast. “I always try to remember how my mom used to scream, and my aunt, and how women were in Colombia to make the character as funny as possible.”