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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

America Ferrera Deserves Better Than This New Netflix Comedy

America Ferrera (Getty Images)
With her incredibly smart and hilarious new show, Superstore, greenlit for a full second season, and her contribution to the compelling new article exposing What It's Really Like to Work in Hollywood (If You're Not a Straight White Man), in which America Ferrera shares how powerless she felt when she painted her face white and dyed her hair blonde just for an audition, I am disheartened to hear the actress donning a thick Latina accent and playing a stereotypical character in SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS, a new Netflix original film starring Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana.

Ferrera, born and raised in the U.S. of Honduran descent, rose to fame in the mid-aughts with her Golden Globe-winning performance as the title character in Ugly Betty. And after using her celebrity to forge a platform for diversity in Hollywood, speaking out against stereotypes in the industry, she's become a role model in the Latino community. And yet, she's somehow found herself in a role that plays right into Hollywood's narrow view of minority characters. Oy vey.

I can only hope that there's more to her character than accents and recipe-making (which is all I got from the new trailer). Bana is not enough to get me to watch the film, but I do like a Golden Globe host. The latter wrote, directed, and stars in the film. Benjamin Bratt and Vera Farmiga also star in the film. We'll just have to see how this goes.

More on the film:

Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.

Watch the trailer:

I'm fascinated by the quantity of war comedies these days, and how forgettable most of them seem to be. And this one goes as far as parodying war in Ecuador, a Spanish-speaking country, ironically. I can't even. 

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS will premiere exclusively on Netflix on April 29.


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