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Latina Actress Blacklisted for Supporting Republican Candidate

Posted on | January 18, 2014 | 60 Comments

If I had ever heard of Maria Conchita Alonzo before now, I don’t remember it, but I know I’ll never forget her after this:

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. . . .
“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.
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.
“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. . . .
“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.

Regular Right Guy notes the irony that Alonzo escaped totalitarianism in Cuba only to suffer political repression in San Francisco.

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.

By the way, Michelle Malkin had a very heartfelt column this week about the hurtfulness of left-wing identity politics. It is sadly remarkable how some “progressives” think it is clever to deride Malkin — an Oberlin College alumna who is one of the most successful businesswomen of the New Media age — with such grossly derogatory slurs as “Manila whore” and “Subic Bay bar girl.”

UPDATE: Now a Memeorandum thread with more commentary by Ann Althouse, Vox Day and Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom.