Ethnic Wisdom

I just read a scholarly essay that describes Gloria from Modern Family as “filled with commonsense ethnic wisdom.” According to the article, the show is successful because it “alleviates white resentment.” Still, it’s not all bad because the character of Gloria (a garishly dressed, loud and vulgar Colombian prostitute) represents “a nuanced and complex vision of wise and nurturing Latinidad.”

How did I come across this flying circus, you’ll ask? This was supposed to be a collection of critical essays on the ways the Recession of 2008 was portrayed in entertainment.

15 thoughts on “Ethnic Wisdom

  1. Gloria’s a prostitute because she married an older man for reasons that you suspect were other than love??


  2. Found this from the Wiki:

    For example, when Manny was first born, she had wanted a daughter, and therefore for the first year of his life dressed him like one and told all her friends he was a girl. She later told Manny (after he found the pictures of himself like this) that the child in question was his “twin sister who died at the age of one.” In the sixth episode of Season One, she chastizes Jay for forcing Manny to remove his poncho for school. When they get to the school to return the poncho and realize that Manny has a plan to play folk music to his classmates with his pan flute (which was inside the poncho), Gloria tells Jay to break the flute, saying in her interview that “the poncho by itself is fine. The poncho, plus the flute, plus the stupid dance? My son will die a virgin.”

    In the episode “Fifteen Percent” she reveals that she comes from a neighborhood of prostitutes after she said her neighborhood had a saying that “Love is just around the corner”

    From the little I’ve seen of the show, she’s a real sicko.


    1. “Modern Family” is a comedy; sane and stable people are not funny, unless you pair them with unhinged weirdos and have them play the “straight man”. The tone of Gloria’s character would be much different if the show were a drama.
      M.F. is less modern than what it tries to sell us, but Gloria seems really in love and attracted to Jay; the twist is that she’s more than the trophy wife she appears to be.


      1. Would she be really attracted to him if she were rich and he penniless and undocumented? Obviously not. Which means it can’t be real attraction. Rich women don’t end up with such men.


  3. Modern Family has about one (1) joke for each character and they’ve been running them for 15? Seasons now. That anyone can take any of the characters seriously enough to identify with is concerning to me.


      1. Next up: Nerds vs Brains: The Dialectical Synecdoche of Female Characters in The Big Bang Theory

        It all comes down to glasses versus contacts. :p


  4. Okay, I’m going to come out and say I actually like Modern Family. It’s a light, brain-dead comedy on network TV and that’s exactly how I watch it. The writers are really good with puns and I enjoy those.

    To pretend that it’s a profound work of art is beyond stupid.


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