ABC apologize to Puerto Rican community for broadcast racist remarks
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ABC apologize to Puerto Rican community for broadcast racist remarks

    1. BellaVidaby Letty
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      BellaVidaby Letty

      Miami, FL

Ask ABC executives along with Work It show creators to: apologize to the Puerto Rican community for the racist and degrading remarks broadcast on the pilot episode of Work It airing January 3, 2012 and as one of the biggest television networks in the US to stop attacking the Puerto Rican community with negative stereotypes.

Offending action:
On the pilot episode of Work It airing January 3, 2012 the writers wrote this line for an actor: “I’m Puerto Rican. I would be great at selling drugs.”

Petition Goal
To collect the signature of at least 100,000 people to demonstrate we are united in feeling fed up with the negative light Puerto Ricans and other Latinos are given on Television and media.

Why this is important:
- You have to be part of the change you want to see happen.
- This is not the only incident on this network of negatively stereotyping Puerto Ricans or other Latinos.
- ABC hasn't issued an apology.
- If you don't sign they will think Latinos don't care if they are denigrated on public airwaves. We must show unity and demand action when it comes to important issues.
- Networks can chose to promote positive images of people from the Latino community but they don't. Let them know you want to see more of this.
- Would the same attitude have occurred if they would have said something about the Jewish community or African-American community?

Notable people that have raised awareness to this issue are:
US Rep. José Serrano
Rep. Nydia Velázquez
Assemblyman José Rivera
Former New York City Comptroller, Bill Thompson.
Julio Pabon and Lucky Rivera creators of Boricuas for a Positive Image
Julio Varela creator of Latino Rebels

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. 500 Signatures is a nice start

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    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. We have surpassed 250 Signatures

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    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Miriam Vigil BAKERSFIELD, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      People that make stereotypical remarks about races are ignorant. They should research their own nationalities to see that drugs crosses all barriers of races.

    • Lauren Ramos ENDWELL, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      The remarks made regarding the Puerto Rican community on the ABC show Work It were offensive and degrading.

      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because stereotypes needs to be stopped. I'm a proud Puerto Rican & US Veteran (Navy) Pro-American but still TV series only shows the Bad & the Ugly... its time to show the REAL Puerto Ricans - Doctor, Scientist, Professionals that are all over the world

    • Andre Pabon BRONX, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      As a proud Puerto Rican and educated professional, I feel it's important that no one -particularly our community and young people - buy into these negative and degrading stereotypes as the norm or status quo!

    • Rosalba Rolon BRONX, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      ABC: Make no mistake. You owe us Puerto Ricans AN APOLOGY, although thinking with your brains instead of with your pockets would be even better. It would do us both a lot of good. The fate of racist blah: cancellation. Well deserved, Work It!. Didn’t producers learn from the Seinfeld episode? But cancellation doesn’t address the real issues nor does it prevent ABC and other networks to keep producing more Work Its. As a Puerto Rican actress and director I'm offended on several fronts, including the fact that the line is dated, and not funny, not to mention offensive. Capital sin: a comedy that’s not funny has no business being called comedy. Comedy is a serious form. So don’t toy with it please. Do the decent thing and APOLOGIZE!


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