Maria Conchita Alonso recently caused an uproar in California after appearing alongside GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in a television ad as part of Donnelly’s bid for governor. The backlash was so severe that Alonso — an actress of Cuban and Venezuelan descent who was set to perform in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues” — had to resign from her role.
The show’s producer is Eliana Lopez even commented: “We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately … Doing what she is doing is against what we believe.”
Alonso and Donnelly both appeared on “Dana” Friday with Dana Loesch, saying they never expected to face such a backlash.
“Never, ever, anything like this crossed my mind,” Alonso said. She added that her little dog, Tequila has faced threats as well.
“It’s very strange, because I was born in Cuba. I was raised in Venezuela. We had to leave Cuba because of communism; now Venezuela is going through the same thing,” she remarked. “Now that I can’t talk and say something that most people in Hollywood believe … I’m sorry. Do I have to give away my SAG card…?”
Donnelly, often described as a Tea Party favorite for the race, added: “What happened to tolerance, and the ability to disagree respectfully?”
He added that “what’s at stake” in California’s 2014 gubernatorial election isn’t whether we agree on “100 percent of the issues, but whether we’re going to live free.”
“If you say the wrong thing and you speak the wrong ideology, then you’re not tolerated,” he said simply. “And no wonder people are leaving California and leaving this country searching for freedom elsewhere. We need to stand up and draw a line in the sand and say we are going to defend freedom in 2014.”
But despite all the chaos and controversy, Alonso doesn’t seem to have shaken in her views or her endorsement. She has not distanced herself from Donnelly, and described him as a “patriot.”
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