'Modern Family' Upset Peruvians With Gloria's Line

October 30, 2010 02:59:25 GMT

Beatriz Merino, head of the People's Defender's Office in Peru, said 'No country should have to be offended' in response to Sofia Vergara's offensive line on October 27 episode.

'Modern Family' Upset Peruvians With Gloria's Line
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Sofia Vergara's Spanish-style yell at her on-screen husband Ed O'Neill has landed her in hot water. The Wednesday, October 27 episode of "Modern Family" saw Vergara's Gloria fighting with O'Neill's Jay about how Andean nation is full of backward, violent people. So fed up was Gloria that she compared Colombia to Peru in a degrading manner for the latter.

Jay began his argument with, "Now, maybe in Colombia ...," before he was cut by Gloria saying "Ah, here we go. Because, in Colombia, we trip over goats and we kill people in the street. Do you know how offensive that is? Like we're Peruvians!"

This quickly became a topic of discussion online, mainly by angry Peruvians. "It's incredible that in a country where everything is politically correct, ABC would have a line of this sort," said Milagros Lizarraga, founder of Peru USA Southern Ca, an online community that communicates through social media.

"Many Peruvians think this is no coincidence, that she knew what she was saying, because an actress has the power to say, 'No, I can't say this because it would hurt my image,'" Lizarraga said as quoted by AP. "Unless she agrees with what she said."

Head of Peru's People's Defender's Office is also demanding an explanation from the show and plans to talk to the U.S. ambassador about the episode. ABC is yet to response to the situation but Vergara, who is said to have the power to change her line, has made clear of her position. Writing in Spanish, she replied a bitter tweet follower, "Get a life!!!!".

A clip of the scene is embedded below:


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posted by Lala on Oct 31, 2013
The thing is, my friends, that Peruvians are famous in every latinoamerica about being thieves, so they are just making fun of this, it's not a secret, no excuses, it's not offensive, it's just a funny truth.
posted by natalia on Nov 30, 2011
I dont know what the big deal is they make fun of colombia all the time its a joke chill people ! yes it hurts a little and of course you might disagree colombian i love my country and they say some pretty mean things about colombia on the show but i know for a fact they are not true... by the way ALEX GUY YOU ARE NOT COLOMBIAN!!! DONT EVEN GO THERE!
posted by Seriously on Nov 26, 2010
This is an American show. People in America make fun of each other all the time and don't get this bent out of shape. Minnesotans make fun of Iowans. North Carolina makes fun of South Carolina. Everyone makes fun of Arkansas. No one takes it seriously. It's part of American culture. If you don't like it, don't watch it.
posted by Amazed on Nov 20, 2010
That clip was funny. She complains about stereotyping by steriotyping. That is called being ironic. If you are not smart enough to think like an American, don't watch American shows. You know, when people can control your emotiions by what they say, they control you. You are their slaves and they are your masters. We Americans don't care what people say about us because we are nobody's slaves. Sorry about everyone else. Remember, every 5-year-old knows "Sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me." Grow up to be more mature than a 5-year-old and quit crying about words.
posted by Cecile on Nov 04, 2010
As a Peruvian, still waiting for ABC and Vergara's apologies, specially from "la Vergara" because not only she repeated that in the show, but she made fun of us in Twitter. WE HAVE A LIFE, "Ternurita Vergara". We do...
posted by Kolumbianerin on Nov 02, 2010
Alex, you're not colombian, stop lying.
posted by Gerson on Oct 31, 2010
It does not matter is you are peruvian or not, just we are Hispanics that should not tolerate any degradation, worse if perpetrators are Hispanics or Latinos, because it means the perpetrador's willfully wrong doing without any concers other that getting money. Sofia Vergara, an indifferent actress,keep continuing offending peruvians through that episode and through answering the one Twitter asked her to clarify about the script, responding insults in Spanish. What she believe she is? She must recall she got in USA media thanks to chilean Don Francisco and the hispanic public who tolerate her because she is an indiferent actress below level, well known as mistress of Luis Miguel and many others who used her as sexual catharsis. The peruvian government should request ABC to fire this so-called actress, because repeated offenses against ethnic groups is not allowed in USA. In peruvian country, "Moderb Family" serie must be cancelled. This would be a precedent to stop stupids from offending with stereotyes. She must recall where and from who she is coming from.
posted by ugh on Oct 31, 2010
its not a joke about Peru though. it's a joke about her getting upset about being stereotyped and then stereotyping... Obviously they don't have irony in Peru.
posted by Alex on Oct 30, 2010
I´m colombian and gotta say that she doesn´t know what she says,been in Peru and its a wonderful country and I´m not saying it just cos I´m a latino.... anyway my dear sofia u don´t deserve to be colombian, not even a latina... we both know colombia is worse than peru... terrorism still here in bogota... i want you to rectifice about what you said... i´m not trying to thinking that ya had to say something offensive to any country for you to pay attention.... YO BITCH! GETTA LIFE!
posted by Wow on Oct 30, 2010
Well, i dont care about this s**t coz is just a gringo show, but, she is columbian, she should have know better.
posted by jessy on Oct 30, 2010
I can not believe that Sofia is a person who does not think before you speak and the writers do not check first what they write because they may be offending other country
posted by Mary on Oct 30, 2010
Thank Alex, Peru is a beautiful country like Colombia. We are latino and very pride of our heritage.

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