Published 8:52 PM EDT Oct 9, 2019
Felicity Huffman’s “Desperate Housewives” co-star Ricardo Chavira slammed her lenient prison sentence as “white privilege.”
On Sept. 13, Huffman was sentenced to 14 days behind bars for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, in addition to a $30,000 fine, supervised release for one year and 250 hours of community service for paying $15,000 to have someone correct her oldest daughter’s SAT exam.
Chavira – who starred on the ABC series as Carlos Solis, the husband to Eva Longoria’s Gabrielle – shared his disdain for her light sentencing in a series of tweets, unearthed by Page Six.
“White Privilege. And I saw Eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about,” he tweeted on Sept. 13, the same day as Huffman’s sentencing. “Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean (expletive) to these people.” He called it a “slap on the wrist.”
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In another tweet, the Texas-born actor said he witnessed “eight years worth of (white privilege) working on ‘Housewives'” from 2004-2012. His character frequently interacted with Huffman’s Lynette Scavo in later seasons.
“I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed,” added Chavira, who identifies as a second-generation Mexican-American. “I’ve struggled (with) the intricacies of it on a daily basis (with) all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends.”
Chavira told his critics that in order to understand bias, they have to experience it firsthand. “It’s not about race. Tired of stupid people and their stupid arguments. If you haven’t lived it, you really have no say. Stay in your lane,” he added.
Following news of his unearthed comments, Chavira tweeted Wednesday, “La verdad no peca, pero incomoda,” which roughly translates to: “The truth does not sin, but it is uncomfortable.”
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Chavira’s onscreen wife, however, recalled a different experience with Huffman on the set of the hit show and defended Huffman’s integrity ahead of the actress’ sentencing.
Longoria praised Huffman, recalling how her “Desperate” co-star continually stood up for her against bullies and supported her in situations from pay disparity to award snubs. “I know I would not have survived those 10 years it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity,” Longoria wrote in a star-studded sentencing memo to the judge.
Huffman will start her two-week prison sentence Oct. 25.
While Chavira believes that Huffman got off easy, “Full House” star Lori Loughlin is expected to receive a “substantially higher” prison sentence if convicted.
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