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Ugly Betty isn't just Ugly. She's ignorant, too

America Ferrera, star of ABC's Ugly Betty, presented an award at the Spirit Awards yesterday and remarked that America won't be the land of the free until Bush's term is over. Here's the transcript, via NewsBusters:

Zach Braff: "You know America, here's a little interesting tidbit you probably don't know about me. My middle name is Israel. We're both named after countries. "


America Ferrera: "Wow, that is interesting."

Braff: "So do you think that you have any traits in common with the country that is your namesake?"

Ferrera: "Well, you know, I mean I guess I'm a free-spirited person and America's supposedly the 'land of the free,' right?"

Braff: "Well, I guess."

Ferrera: "Or at least we will be in 2008." [loud applause] Well how about you, Zach, I mean do you have anything in common with Israel?"

Braff: "Let me see. Well, I'm predominantly Jewish, I'm very hot and all of my neighbors hate me. So yeah." [audience laughter]

She doesn't seem to know that Bush's term ends in January 2009, so she's going to have to suffer being oppressed for a little longer.

I have been a fan of Ugly Betty and even have a season pass for it on my TiVo, but America Ferrera just had to open her mouth and ruin the show for me. Now whenever see her as Betty Suarez, I'm going to think of her ignorant remarks. Nice job, Ms. Ferrera.


Comments (25)

Wow, you mean another Holly... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Wow, you mean another Hollywood celebrity hates Bush? I'm just going to have to switch my allegiance to the democrats. I mean, these celebrities are geniuses. lol.

I was pleased to read the r... (Below threshold)
Denise:

I was pleased to read the remarks at the ABC Ugly Betty site. Most people seem disgusted with her remark.

Jo nailed it. The real reve... (Below threshold)

Jo nailed it. The real revelation here is that Zach Braff is pretty much like he is on Scrubs... self-denigrating, charming, neurotic, and funny.

As long as he doesn't pass out when he poos in real life, too...

J.

Shut up and act!... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Shut up and act!

I've seen this show a coupl... (Below threshold)
BorgQueen:

I've seen this show a couple of times, thought it had potential, but didn't get to see it very often. When I heard she'd won some award for it, I figured I'd make more of an effort to watch again.

Now she has to go and open her mouth, assuming that we actually care what she thinks about anything. Oops. Sorry, "Amerika," I think I'll spend that half hour scrubbing my cat's litter box.

What in the world does she ... (Below threshold)
goddessoftheclassroom:

What in the world does she want to do that she's not free to do now?

That's truly ignorant,

Whoopsie..."Miss America" l... (Below threshold)
dallas:

Whoopsie..."Miss America" lost another viewer...I was forcing my husband to watch it because I thought it was...well...'cute'...No longer. I'm through.

Never watched it, never wil... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Never watched it, never will.

Now, 24, is a different story.

Never liked the show much,... (Below threshold)
pyritedan:

Never liked the show much, but even less now. I don't know if her remarks will gain any viewers, but she has lost at leasr one.

So where are all the libs t... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

So where are all the libs telling us how brilliant and insightful Ferrera is? Oh yeah - guess they're still trying to figure out how to explain the ACLU.

gc

For what it's worth, the sh... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

For what it's worth, the show "Ugly Betty" is ABC's rip-off of a show that originally appeared on the Spanish network Univision under the title "La Fea Más Bella" (Title Translation: The Ugly More Beautiful). You can watch the ABC rip-off. I'll stick with watching the original version, because it is better, and you don't even have to know Spanish in order to enjoy it (although it helps to have a Hispanic spouse who can translate).

Do you mean ABC is still on... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Do you mean ABC is still on the air?

As a conservative native Ne... (Below threshold)
doctorj:

As a conservative native New Orleanian, I have to agree with her. Sorry guys.

Got a link for that ABC Ugl... (Below threshold)
George:

Got a link for that ABC Ugly Betty site?

I thought the Clintons and ... (Below threshold)
Jill:

I thought the Clintons and the dems in DC revoked ABC's license and censored them. Is that what America means by not being free? Almost not being free to have her show on the air?

I'm confused. lol.

Wow! You sure called her ou... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Wow! You sure called her out Kim! She missed by almost a month!

What will you say when you win the award for "Best Post of the Year?"

Bah. The Ramones are still... (Below threshold)
tas:

Bah. The Ramones are still one of my favorite bands even though Johnny was a Reagan-nite Republican. The only artist I can think of that I used to really like but grew a distaste for after finding about his political beliefs is Dr. Frank of the Mr. T Experience.. But he let his beliefs sink into his music with the release of a song (that I'm sure you've all heard) called "Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy." When an artist weaves their political beliefs into their art then it becomes tougher to differentiate between the two, and it sucks when disagreeing with one becomes disagreeing with the whole.

But it's not like America's political beliefs are going to play a role in "Ugly Betty" -- especially when she's not writing the scripts. So enjoy it all you want. I still think it's a dumb show, but I think that about most television shows...

yeah, america is so un-free... (Below threshold)
Dave:

yeah, america is so un-free, i mean she must feel afraid to go up on a stage in front of the world and say these things cause now george bush will send out his "jack-booted thugs" to shut her up. oh wait, thats what the dems are doing by calling skeptics of global warming, "deniers". Just shut up and believe what the dems tell you.

Mullah Cimoc say too much j... (Below threshold)
Mullah Cimoc:

Mullah Cimoc say too much jack bauer tv show make ameriki so stupid for hate the muslim, loving the torture, bow down for masters in tel aviv.

this all rupert murdoch tv show man mind control this way.
This evil doing for usa media , now control so few company. Benjamin Frankling not like this not free press now in usa amerika.

for please now google: mighty wurlitzer +cia

then aemriki people know not free press in usa now. just keep the ameriki so stupid for serve the master in tel aviv.

Mullah Cimoc say too much j... (Below threshold)
Mullah Cimoc:

Mullah Cimoc say too much jack bauer tv show make ameriki so stupid for hate the muslim, loving the torture, bow down for masters in tel aviv.

this all rupert murdoch tv show man mind control this way.
This evil doing for usa media , now control so few company. Benjamin Frankling not like this not free press now in usa amerika.

for please now google: mighty wurlitzer +cia

then aemriki people know not free press in usa now. just keep the ameriki so stupid for serve the master in tel aviv.

Awards are abig time rip of... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Awards are abig time rip off they only go to the leftists anyway that PLUG UGLY MARTIANS BETTYand this dim-buld is wrong america will be free when we give the UN the boot out of america

Now just what, exactly, are... (Below threshold)
metprof:

Now just what, exactly, are "jack boots"? I remember Nancy Sinatra's "boots made for walkin'" and I was in an army airborne unit and wore "Jump boots". But have NO frickin' clue what a "Jack boot" is. They do sound cool. Can I wear them with sweat pants? Maybe even blouse them?

Please help.

Wow, the original poster se... (Below threshold)
Candy:

Wow, the original poster seems really stupid himself. To dwell on the fact that she said 2008, when really its the beginning of 2009, seems a bit rash, probably not worthy of jumping on. Slow your roll, dude. LOL

im a cat ...im a kitty cat.... (Below threshold)
mish:

im a cat ...im a kitty cat.. and i dance dance dance i dance dance dance

Well, at least America Ferr... (Below threshold)
Daniel:

Well, at least America Ferrera spoke her mind and not what a stupid machine told her to say (unlike our "eloquent" president)! And to those of you who think this country is so free, do some research first. Know how politics and our government work before you say that we ARE free. Do you think journalists get to say all they want to say? What about news? Don't you think they're being censored? BTW, La Fea Mas Bella is the worst soap opera I've watched (and I've watched plenty of them)! There's barely good acting on that show. Besides, it is not funny and is overly exaggerated. We should be telling Televisa to make more high quality soap operas like Alborada, Amor Real, and Ruby instead of crap like La Fea. Last of all, why can't you watch Ugly Betty and like it or dislike it for what it is instead of basing your decisions on what one of the actors in the show said? I guess some people don't understand what constructive criticism and objectivity mean!!




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