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What Sofia Vergara's Emmys Sketch Means For Latinas

You spin me right 'round. And I'm not liking it.

By now, you've probably seen some of the chatter surrounding Sofia Vergara's sketch at the Emmys.

Vergara has responded to the backlash, telling her critics to "lighten up."

No word on who Vergara thinks "started this."

But pop culture events that play out in front of a large audience aren't just about one person at one moment.

So. Let's put the sketch in context.

If Vergara's partcipation in the sketch was an attempt to satirize that reality, it fell flat...

Here are just a few examples of her participation in maintaining a stereotypical portrayal of Latinas:

See what I mean?

It's not successful satire if you're complicit in the problem you're satirizing.

And the truth is that Sofia Vergara is better than these roles.

But she doesn't.

...which has a very real impact on the women, especially Latina women, who are Vergara's peers.

Of course Sofia Vergara has agency. Of course she gets to decide what to do with her body and with her image.

I just hope she keeps that in mind.