Eva Longoria Gets Kerry Washington’s Support After Twitter Dragged Her Over Election Comments

Twitter can be a pretty harsh place and for Eva Longoria, it’s been challenging for the last couple of days. Longoria came under fire after she appeared on MSNBC and made comments about the 2020 Presidential Election. The Desperate Housewives alum expressed her feelings that Latinx women were the real heroes in helping to ensure a Biden/Harris victory. Unfortunately, many felt that her comments undermined all the work that Black women did to secure a victory.

Kerry Washington defends Eva Longoria on Twitter
Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for JumpLine

It’s no secret that Black people, but Black women, in particular, had a major hand in helping President-elect Joe Biden secure a victory. They turned out in droves in major cities helping flip key swing states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan blue. Stacey Abrams, in particular, has been championed for the essential work she did in Georgia. Helping to register thousands of voters, her grassroots efforts ultimately helped the state flip blue. Though Longoria briefly acknowledged the work Black women did in Georgia, she stated that Latinx women were the real heroines.

Eva Longoria receives backlash after she calls Latinx women the real heroines of the election

“The women of color showed up in big ways,” Longoria shared in an interview with MSNBC. “Of course you saw in Georgia what black women have done but the Latina women were the real heroines here… beating men in turnout in every state and voting for Biden/Harris at an average rate close to 3 to 1 and that wasn’t surprising to us.”

Naturally, many people on Twitter were deeply offended by Longoria’s comments. Some accused her of undermining all the work that Black women did to help secure a win for Biden. Others felt that her comments contributed to the erasure of Blackness within the Latinx community. Longoria received no small amount of backlash on Twitter ranging from people using voting data to dispute her claims to declaring that she hasn’t been relevant since Desperate Housewives.

The ‘Desperate Housewives’ alum clarifies her statements on Twitter

Seeing the negativity that her comments were receiving, Longoria took to her Twitter page to issue a statement. “I’m so sorry and sad to hear that my comments on MSNBC could be perceived as taking credit from Black women,” the actor shared. “When I said that Latinas were heroines in this election, I simply meant that they turned out in greater numbers and voted more progressively than LATINO MEN.”

“My wording was not clear and I deeply regret that,” Longoria continued. “There is such a history in our community of anti-Blackness in our community and I would never want to contribute to that, so let me be very clear: Black women have long been the backbone of the Democratic Party, something we have seen played out in this election as well as previous ones. Finally, Black women don’t have to do it alone any longer. Latinas (many who identify as Afro-Latina), indigenous women, AAPI women and other women of color are standing with them so we can grow our collective voice and power. Together, we are unstoppable! Nothing but love and support for Black women everywhere! You deserve a standing ovation!!!!”

Kerry Washington rushes to Longoria’s defense

While many people on Twitter weren’t willing to forgive Longoria, believing that the damage had already been done, some people chose to throw their support behind her. One such person was fellow actor, Kerry Washington. “I know Eva like a sister,” the Little Fires Everywhere star wrote on her Twitter, also reposting Longoria’s response to the backlash. “We have been in many trenches together. She is a fighter for all women. Read below. This is what she meant. This is how she truly feels.”

But even Olivia Pope’s support hasn’t been enough to quell the backlash for Longoria on Twitter. Some people are wondering why the Desperate Housewives alum felt it necessary to mention Black women at all in her interview. Some questioned if Longoria would ever jump to Washington’s defense if she ever found herself in a similar situation. Others added that Longoria failed to mention the strong presence of Native voters who helped secure a win for Biden. While we imagine that the backlash for Longoria will blow over in time, for now, it seems that she’s going to have to take the L on this one.