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An upcoming Netflix comedy series from the creator of “Sex and the City,” with Neil Patrick Harris attached to the star, cuts a character after an actress who auditioned for it described the role as “hurtful and derogatory.”
As Variety reports, the upcoming series “Uncoupled”, created by Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman, focuses on a gay man named Michael (Harris) who finds himself stepping into a strange and unknown dating scene after his partner of 17 years has dumped him.
One of the characters in the script is Carmen, Michael’s Latina housekeeper.
Actress Ada Maris, who has appeared in series such as “Nurses” and “Mayans MC”, told Variety that she was initially excited about the prospect of starring in a Netflix series – until she read her character’s dialogue.
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“It was not even fun – it was hurtful and derogatory,” she said. “I was shocked because I went in and expected something very different given how things are today and the progress we have made.”
According to Variety, The Carmen character takes part in two scenes, one of which describes her as “almost hysterical”, as she sees Michael’s partner’s things missing in their home, where the character speaks in broken English to deliver such lines as: “Mister, I’m coming just here and they stole! ” and “They stole! They rob you! I do not know how they get in.”
According to Maris, she was shocked that a project with Harris and Star, two prominent gay figures in the entertainment industry, would embrace such outdated ethnic stereotypes (Harris, Variety points out is not involved in writing the series).
“You are modern gay men,” she said. “How would you like to see or play an outdated, offensively stereotypical gay role?”
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Contacted by Weekly entertainment, said a spokesman for Netflix, “We are sorry that Mrs. Maris had a negative experience and this character will not appear in the series.”
Maris answered and told THAT ONE, “While it’s gratifying to hear that the original character has been cut from the show, would it not be even more so to see a wonderful new Latino character take its place?”
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