Monologos de la Vagina finds new actress to replace controversial conservative

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Maria Conchita Alonso and Tim Donnely in his campaign ad.
Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Following national controversy over the resignation of a politically conservative actress from the local Spanish-language production of The Vagina Monologues, producer Eliana Lopez announced yesterday that the production has found a replacement.

Actress Alba Roversi, a veteran of the Spanish language Monologos de la Vagina, will take the place of Maria Conchita Alonso, whose departure from the play had Fox News crying foul over her being “forced out” for her conservative political views. 

Any chance to needle San Francisco, right? 

Roversi starred in over 20 Spanish language soap operas, though she may not have the same name recognition in the US as Alonso, whose filmography includes Predator 2 and The Running Man (with our former Governator). Roversi is in, and Alonso is out.

Alonso stirred the pot when she backed Tea Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnely in an ad on YouTube that garnered just over 100,000 hits. Donnely is running a long-shot campaign to unseat the ever popular Jerry Brown this November on a core right-wing platform.

“We’re Californians, I want a gun in every Californian’s gun safe, I want the government out of our businesses and our bedrooms,” he says in the controversial ad, standing in a cowboy hat next to Alonso. 

“He has ‘big ones,’ and he is angry,” Alonso says in Spanish, by way of translation.

The ad had San Franciscans fired up, diverting attention away from a performance celebrating women to a political shouting match, Lopez told the Guardian. Threats of boycotts put Monologos de la Vagina in the crosshairs. Alonso told media outlets she stepped down from the play to protect her fellow performers.

The video in question, a campaign ad for Donnely starring Alonso and her dog Tequila. 

“The other actors don’t have to go through this,” she said to Fox News & Friends host Clayton Morris. “They don’t deserve this. It’s on me only, they can do whatever they want with me.” 

Why so pissed, San Francisco? Well, the historically Latino Mission district has good reason to not be a fan of Donnely. The Tea Party wunderkind rose to fame as a former member of the gun toting border-patrollers, the Minutemen. From the LA Weekly circa 2010

Tim Donnelly took two handguns on his first tour with the Minutemen, back in '05. His Colt .45 was photogenic, like that of an Old West gunslinger. But before heading to the Mexico border, Donnelly took it to the range and couldn't hit the target. So he bought a Model 1911c — a semiautomatic that would shoot straight, if it came to that.

The key to Donnelly's primary election victory was his pledge to introduce Arizona's immigration law here. If elected, he will be Sacramento's leading foe of illegal immigration.

Donnely was geared up to fire off his Colt by the US-Mexico border and essentially promised to bring a culture of fear to California immigrants. Is it a wonder that Eliana Lopez felt that Alonso’s endorsement of him didn’t quite jibe with the politics of San Francisco? 

“Of course she (Alonso) has a 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,” Lopez, who is also starring in the play, said in her most oft-mentioned quote in national media outlets. 

In particular, it didn’t jibe with reasons for bringing the Spanish-language Monologos de la Vagina to the Mission’s Brava Theater, a message that may be lost in the controversy surrounding Alonso’s controversial departure. 

It’s a time of increasing gentrification, when the city’s Latinos/as fear displacement and a loss of their history and esteem. She sees it through the eyes of her young son, Theo, as fewer and fewer Spanish speakers surround his daily life in San Francisco. Lopez wanted to send a clear message: our culture matters. 

Latinas are worthy of celebration.

“I’ve been working on this show for almost a year trying to raise the money, find the venue, the sponsors,” she said. “My feeling was, as Latinas we have such beautiful things to offer. We have great actors and actresses who can bring things to the Mission and feel proud of. Inside me I felt, I want to bring that here, I want to do it. We can bring attention to our culture in a beautiful way, a high quality way.” 

With a new actress in place, she’s ready to move beyond the controversy, she said. 

“How do you say in English? The show must go on.” 

Comments

Written like an Asian cop.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:14 am
Posted by Guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:27 am

Wanting accountability for cops has nothing to do with hate, and I've never said a single bad word about asians, so that's just coming out of left field.

And again, you somehow have absolutely no problem when people in the media get fired all the time for disagreeing with their bosses, running stories that run contrary to the wishes of big-moneyed advertisers, or simply self-censor. But when a right wing nutjob agrees to step down because even she realizes that she just insulted her entire audience, suddenly you're all outraged. You're so transparent.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:20 am

If Steven suddenly started writing right-wing propaganda, then no doubt SFBG would fire him, given it's mission statement.

We're talking here about a job where one's politics are not a factor at all. Or should not be. Liberal Hollywood has routinely given jobs to right-wing actors like Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:26 am

is to spew right wing propaganda. We're making progress here.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 11:44 am
Posted by Guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

saying that people should obey the law?

Thats an interesting take on things.

Posted by guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

political beliefs no matter how conservative or progressive they may be. City funds cannot be used in a political manner either - doing so would be a violation of the 14th amendment. This is a road no one wants to go down - it will only end up badly for everyone involved.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

Since the Skinheads left Hight St. in the 90's, SF's biggest racists are the Greg like liberals.

Posted by guest on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 1:00 am

I was wondering when you'd chime in with your usual themes. You're so predictable that your stuff is recognizable even when it's a one-liner.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 02, 2014 @ 9:03 am

occurs when a person stereotypes a class of people for the purpose of demeaning them.

And in my experience the left does this more than the right, as they routinely demonize conservatives, christians, landlords, bankers or whatever group they feel they need to attack.

By contrast the right, who are more individualistic anyway, take people as they are.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 03, 2014 @ 8:01 am

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