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Thinnest Excuse For A Political Press Release Ever

uglysolis.jpgCongresswoman Hilda L. Solis has learned what freelance writers know instinctively: If you want to meet celebs, write about them.

In Solis’ case, the star of choice is America Ferrera. And the medium, the press release.

Solis yapped about Ugly Betty on the House floor: “Madame Speaker, I rise today to congratulate America Ferrera for winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy for her work in the ABC show “Ugly Betty.” Then she met with Ferrera this week to present her with a plaque or something. True Ugly Betty stars Latino actors, but so does Mind of Mencia.

We smell a star-struck plug for one woman’s favorite TV show. Too bad she didn’t feel as strongly about Studio 60.

Anyway, here it is:


Los Angeles, CA – Yesterday, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) met with American Ferrera and the cast and crew of “Ugly Betty” and commended the show for its groundbreaking work to remove barriers for Latino actors on prime time television.

Solis, a member of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is an outspoken advocate for increasing diversity in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the cameras. In January, Solis spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize Ferrera and “Ugly Betty” for its Golden Globe wins and for providing a positive portrayal of Latinas on network television.

During the meeting with the “Ugly Betty” cast and crew, Solis learned about the ABC’s diversity outreach program. “I hope we can work together to teach everyone to appreciate the diversity of our nation,” said Solis.

Below is the text of the speech given by Solis on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in January about the Ugly Betty show.

“Madame Speaker, I rise today to congratulate America Ferrera for winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy for her work in the ABC show “Ugly Betty.”

“America Ferrera is a native of Los Angeles, the daughter of Honduran immigrant parents, and a student at the University of Southern California earning a degree in international relations.

“As Betty Suarez in “Ugly Betty,” Ferrera plays a smart, young Latina professional breaking into the publishing world.

“The people we see and hear on television and in movies have great influence on the attitudes of all Americans.

“While 40 percent of American youth ages 19 and under are children of color, few of the faces they see on television accurately represent all races or cultural heritages.

“Through her work, Ms. Ferrera is breaking down barriers for Latinos in prime-time television.

“I commend America and everyone involved in “Ugly Betty” for helping to break down stereotypes and provide a role model for young Latinas.

“I hope we can work together to teach everyone to appreciate the diversity of our nation.

“Congratulations America Ferrera!”

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