A famed actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor.
Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination.
Donnelly has voiced strong views against illegal immigration and was once involved with the Minutemen Project, a group that patrolled the border with Mexico to catch immigrants coming across.
“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 Donnelly, Alonso jokingly translated in Spanish, “We’re screwed.” Alonso is an actress of Cuban and Venezuelan descent. She is perhaps best known for her role in the movie “Moscow on the Hudson” which also starred Robin Williams.She also played in "Running Man" (1987) with Ahnold, "Predator 2" (1990) with Danny Glover and Gary Busey, and 30 other movies, so she's not exactly an ingenue in the business.
The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.Of course, she's right. This is not a First Amendment issue, but this is a free speech issue. Imagine the outrage at would follow if farmers, oil producers, and energy companies refused to hire people known to work for liberal politicians and express liberal views because "Doing what they are doing is against is against what we believe".
“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.
“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 said.
"Little Sisters of the Poor", the Catholic nuns resisting Obamacare's contraception mandate. While they are willing to hire anyone, they don't want to be forced to provide something that's against their beliefs. But liberals demand that they do something that they don't want to.
Also consider the baker currently being forced by a court to bake a wedding cake for a single sex couple, despite his objections to single sex marriage.
Apparently, being opposed to peoples views is grounds for denying conservatives, not liberals, the right to follow their beliefs, and for liberals to deny conservatives the right to work, but not the other way around.
Alonso received an earful from listeners of Spanish-language radio station KIQI 1010 AM in San Francisco on Friday, after she said in an interview that she supported many of Donnelly’s views on illegal immigration. Several listeners took her to task after she used the term “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.It's called illegal because it's against the law.
In the ad, Alonso holds a chihuahua named “Tequila” and uses some vulgar language which has also been a point of contention among some Latino viewers.
“We don’t act like that. First of all, that is not a typical Latina,” said Jim Salinas, a long time Mission resident and former president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club. Salinas said there probably would have been boycotts if Alonso had stayed on the production.
She's not a stereotypical Latina, you moron. She was born in Cuba, during the communist revolution, and raised in Venezula, a country currently in the throws of a pseudo-communist takeover. She understands what is at stake. You should listen to her, instead of trying to shut her up.
“First Amendment rights, we all have the right to say something. But it’s also our right to say we object to that,” Salinas said.
Leo Lacayo, a prominent San Francisco Latino Republican, has been pushing his party to be more moderate on immigration. He thinks Alonso is being treated unfairly.Wait, there are two conservative Latinos in San Francisco? One more and they may think it's a movement.
“It was a political ad, it was a funny ad,” Lacayo said. “That anybody would lose employment over what their political leanings are is absurd.”
Instapundit snarks: THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D SEE MCCARTHY-STYLE BLACKLISTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Famed Actress Booted Out of Production for Endorsing Tea Party Candidate for Governor.
and Stacy McCain reminds us:
A couple years ago, Alonzo called Sean Penn a “communist a–hole,” a statement that everybody knows is true, but which has so much more authority when it is said by a refugee from Cuba.
Linked at The Classical Liberal in his "Rule 5 - The Boss's Daughter", a collection of links. Wombat-Socho has the mother of all Rule 5 links up at The Other McCain "Rule 5 Monday."