Eva Longoria looks business chic in black and white wool pants and sweater… amid strong words denouncing Oprah’s Book Club pick American Dirt
Eva Longoria offered some strong words amid the growing backlash to Jeanine Cummins’ much-anticipated novel, American Dirt, at Emily’s List Brunch and Panel Discussion Defining Women in Los Angeles.
Two days on and the Desperate Housewives alum, 44, stepped out to take care of some errands in her adopted hometown on Thursday.
And the Texas native opted for a smart-casual look in the fashion department.
Out and about: Eva Longoria, 44, stepped out in black and white-patterned wool pants that flared along the bottom half of the legs with a white sweater and strapped heels
With a recent warming trend in the rear-view mirror, Longoria wore black and white-patterned wool pants that flared along the bottom half of the legs.
She also donned a white sweater, black strapped heels that had an added lift and stylish sunglasses.
On this day she pulled her dark brown tresses back into a top ponytail and slung a burgundy purse over her left shoulder.
Business chic: The Desperate Housewives alum pulled her dark brown tresses back into a top ponytail and slung a burgundy purse over her left shoulder
Being a active and visible philanthropist, it made perfect sense that she was among the high-profile speakers at Tuesday’s Emily’s List event, which aims to help elect more pro-choice Democratic women to public office.
While on a panel she addressed the controversy surrounding by agreeing with many Latinx authors and activists who believe the book misrepresents the experience of migrants and reinforces harmful stereotypes.
The novel follows a Mexican woman and her son who are forced to leave their middle-class life behind because of the drug cartel and migrate to the US undocumented.
Taking a stand: Longoria offered some strong words amid the growing backlash to Jeanine Cummins’ much-anticipated novel, American Dirt, at Emily’s List Brunch and Panel Discussion Defining Women in Los Angeles on Tuesday
‘I have not read the book. I will not read the book,’ Longoria said during Tuesday’s Emily’s List panel discussion.
‘It’s just parallel and synonymous with what’s happening in entertainment, what’s happening in government. The gatekeepers of the industries do not reflect the people and the consumers that they serve. That’s the problem.’
Longoria continued, ‘There’s a bidding war over this book, which means all the publishers wanted this book. And they wanted some sort of way in to a different community. The problem with that is that the publishing industry is 80% white, from agents to editors and publicists.’
Ladies night: Longoria is among the critics who believe American Dirt misrepresents the experience of migrants and reinforces harmful stereotypes; the actress is pictured with Amanda Shires, Stephanie Schriock, Amber Tamblyn, and Wendy Davis at the event
Initially, the novel got the endorsement of Oprah Winfrey, who made it one of her famous book club picks.
In the days following the initial criticism of American Dirt, the author decided to cancel her book tour and Winfrey, herself, backtracked a bit.
‘It’s clear that we need to have a different kind of conversation about American Dirt,’ the famed talk show host and media mogul wrote in Instagram in response to the backlash.
The center of controversy: American Dirt got the endorsement of Oprah’s Book Club before all the criticism and backlash emerged in recent days