A Tea Party candidate’s attempt at Latino outreach is provoking the opposite reaction.
Venezuelan actress and singer María Conchita Alonso resigned from the Brava Theater Center’s production of a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues” Friday, after facing protests and threats of boycotts for appearing in a campaign video backing immigration hardliner Tim Donnelly as her choice for governor of California.
“We really can’t have her in the show, unfortunately,” Eliana Lopez, the producer of the show scheduled to run in the heavily Hispanic Mission District, 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.”
Following her appearance in the Donnelly ad, a series of radio listeners called in to Spanish-language station KIQI 1010 AM in San Francisco threatening to boycott the production because of Alonso, according to KPIX 5.
“I’ve been called all these horrible names, like you can’t believe,” Alonso told Fox News.
The bilingual campaign ad released last week shows Alonso standing alongside Donnelly, translating his comments into Spanish, often changing the meaning for comedic effect. For example, Alonso translated a two-sentence line attacking big government and welfare costs as “we’re screwed.”
The actress praised the size of Donnelly’s testicles after he said he wanted “a gun in every Californian’s gun safe.”
Donnelly’s immigration politics don’t mesh well with Latino attitudes on the subject. He has participated with the Minutemen, a vigilante group of volunteers that patrol the border. As a California Assemblyman, he attempted last session to overturn the state's Dream Act, which allows undocumented immigrants to qualify for state financial aid.
Watch the campaign video that started the ruckus below.