“Devious Maids” may have made history with its all Latina cast on Sunday, but critics refuse to budge insisting that the show’s portrayal of Hispanic women perpetuates stereotypes and is “disappointing.”

On Wednesday, critics and supporters of the Lifetime series joined host Marc Hill on HuffPost Live to discuss whether “Devious Maids” cements stereotypes of Latinas in the United States or broadens the cultural diversity of Primetime television.

With five Latina stars comprising the main cast --Edy Ganem, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes and Roselyn Sánchez -- the show has been praised by some within the Hispanic community for its cultural breakthrough. Yet the series, created by Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives”) and Executive Produced by actress Eva Longoria, received a slew of backlash leading up to its official June 23 premiere.

“I think that the bigger problem is that unfortunately because this is consistently the only way that Latinas are represented, this stereotype has become reality for many Americans,” Media Consultant Galina Espinoza told Hill during the segment, referring to the characters’ jobs as maids for Beverly Hill’s wealthiest residents. “And this was an opportunity for someone who is a leader in the community [Longoria] to really show who Latinas are today and to show us as not being that. And it is, I don’t know if I would call it a wasted opportunity, but it is certainly disappointing.”

Supporters of the show, like Entertainment editor Lee Hernandez, point out that the characters’ jobs don’t make their stories any less important within the community.

“I think that when you say Latinas are just maids or why are Latinas playing maids or can’t we be something better, I actually think there’s a lot of snobbery attached to that because let me tell you something I knew a lot of maids and I know a lot maids,” Lee told Hill. “What I’m saying is why not tell their stories?”

In response to those who support “Devious Maids” because it showcases Latina talent for the first time on Primetime, author Alisa Valdes pushed back with her own previous experience working with Lifetime. Valdes recounted the process of producing and writing a show based on her book “The Dirty Girls Social Club,” a novel about six Latina professionals living in Boston.

“I was told that the pilot wasn’t believable because it read just as if it was about ‘me and my friends.’ And it needs to be more ‘Latina.’ I said ‘the six lead characters are Latina, what more do you want?’ and she said ‘let’s have them doing something that I know you guys do, like Black women do’,” Valdes told Hill. “This is exactly what she told me, ‘and I said like what?’ and she said ‘can we please open the show with the girls debating whether to date men in prison because I know that you guys talk about things like that’.”

Valdes not only criticized the series’ creators and producers for being unable to present a less stereotypical portrayal of Latinas but questioned the motives behind the support some Hispanic groups have given “Devious Maids.”

“It’s absolutely despicable that these so-called Hispanic watchdog groups are defending this network, sickening they could not put a show on the air about professional women,” Valdes continues. “Eva Longoria is cynically choosing to play by the rules that exist. I would ask the media group that’s here whether they’ve ever received any money from Eva Longoria.”

Executive Vice President of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Inez Gonzalez chimed in to respond to Valdes.

“I am very insulted with the insinuation and disregard for 27 years of Civil Rights work.”

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  • A+E Networks 2013 Upfront - Inside

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been retouched) President and CEO of A+E Networks Abbe Raven poses with the cast of 'Devious Maids' at the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

  • Lifetime's "Devious Maids" Dallas Screening

    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 06: (L to R) Gaby Natale, Judy Reyes and Edy Ganem respond to questions during a Q&A after a screening of 'Devious Maids' at LOOK Cinemas on June 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Lifetime)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • A+E Networks 2013 Upfront - Inside

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Actress Dania Ramirez of 'Devious Maids' attends the A+E Networks 2013 Upfront on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for A+E Networks)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, executive producer Marc Cherry; actresses Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem and executive producer Eva Longoria attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Ana Ortiz, Eva Longoria, Dania Ramirez

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LIFETIME - From left, Ana Ortiz, executive producer Eva Longoria and Dania Ramirez attend Lifetime's Devious Maids Premiere Party, on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Lifetime/AP Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - After Party

    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Edy Ganem, Dania Ramirez and Ana Ortiz and executive producer Eva Longoria attend the premiere of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' after party on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: Actress Dania Ramirez attends the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - JUNE 17: Executive Producer Eva Longoria attends the premiere of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Eva Longoria, Roselyn Sanchez, Dania Ramirez

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LIFETIME - From left, executive producer Eva Longoria, Roselyn Sanchez, and Dania Ramirez attend Lifetime's Devious Maids Premiere Party, on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Lifetime/AP Images)

  • Premiere Of Lifetime Original Series "Devious Maids" - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 17: (L-R) Actresses Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez and Edy Ganem attend the premiere party of Lifetime Original Series 'Devious Maids' at the Bel-Air Bay Club on June 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)