ABC Finally Issues Formal Apology to Boricuas for A Positive Image

Months after it began a protest against ABC for a controversial line from the canceled "Work It" sitcom that equated Puerto Ricans to drug dealers, Boricuas for a Positive Image finally received a formal apology from the network.

Here is a two-part segment from New York City's local ABC station that chronicles the efforts from BFAPI.

The weekly demonstrations continued every Thursday night in front of the ABC's New York City headquarters, and even though critics said that BFAPI would never get an apology from ABC's corporate team, they did, and as you can see from the interview, good things have begun to happen.

In the meantime, the movement gained attention, both on the mainland and on the island, including the following video from The Puerto Rican Alliance for Awareness (PRAA), which got over 30,000 views in a week, when it was released at the end of February.

All because of a few seconds from a sitcom. And you all thought it couldn't be done. 

Puerto Rican Alliance for Awareness (PRAA) Releases Much-Anticipated BORICUA Video

The Puerto Rican Alliance for Awareness (PRAA), a non-profit organization founded by Carlos Jiménez Flores and Darlene Vazquetelles that is bringing awareness to the negative stereotyping of all groups, released its much-anticipated video today. The goal? To educate the world about the REAL FACES of Puerto Ricans, both on the island and on the mainland.

Members of the Puerto Rican Alliance for Awareness

So many boricuas are taking a standing and letting the world know that Puerto Ricans are a proud people, succeeding in different sectors and never forgetting their roots. And if you look really close, you might see some Rebeldes here.

READER POLL: What Do You Think of @Amaury_Nolasco and What He Tweeted Out on January 11?

So, after we posted yesterday's post about Amaury Nolasco's tweet, our community spoke and gave us their opinions. Some say that Nolasco should clarify more while others said let's move on and focus on ABC.

So what do YOU think?

ABC’s Puerto Rican Drug Dealer “Joke” Fiasco Spreads Through Social Media and Community

What was just five seconds of air time on a major network has turned into a social media campaign within 48 hours among the Puerto Rican social network. Just days after the ABC sitcom "Work It" premiered, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and the Latino blogosphere have been buzzing about a toss-away joke that equates Puerto Ricans to drug dealers.

In case you missed it, this clip from "Work It" (a lame, unfunny Bosom Buddies rip-off that has already been panned by critics) will give you some context.

We have already shared our initial reactions to the joke, which was delivered by the character of Angel, portrayed by Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco. Like we said last night, we are giving the show the benefit of the doubt, since we think that what might have been a sarcastic joke in written form became a lame and offensive joke when it was recorded.

Nonetheless, a grassroots movement out of New York City was immediately formed through social media and a small group of protesters stood in front of ABC's offices in New York City, demanding that ABC apologize. According to Julio Pabón, one of the campaign's organizers, the local New York affiliate WABC-TV has already apologized, but nothing has come out from the national network.

"We want apology from the network, who are the ones responsible for the airing of the show," Pabón said. "We have not heard from them yet."

Pabón will be appearing tomorrow morning with Rhina Valentín at 10 am on Bronx cable to discuss next steps, but he did tell us tonight that the group will be meeting with other community leaders to promote a formal response from elected officials. The group is also planning to demonstrate again next Thursday night, January 12, in front of ABC's offices. To watch the show online, you can click here: BronxNet Streaming (Select Channel 67/33 on home page.)

Also today, El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico's largest newspaper covered the story on END.com and reported that US Rep. José Serrano and Rep. Nydia Velázquez are demanding an apology from ABC. 

"This is unacceptable," Velázquez wrote in a statement. "ABC owes an apology."

The END.com article had received over 1,000 comments today before the newspaper closed commenting on their story.

ABC Sitcom “Work It” Offends Puerto Ricans with Awful Drug Dealer “Joke”

First of all, there is only one reason why we are even blogging about ABC's "Work It," a new Bosom Buddies ripoff sitcom that is getting trashed by critics. The premise is awful, the jokes are stale, and it has no originality.

Like we said, we wouldn't even give this show any more notice if it weren't for the following 30 seconds from last night's pilot. We aren't even going to set it up for you.

So, we will give this awful "joke" the benefit of the doubt because this show has a shelf life of a rotten banana. Maybe the original intent of the script was to make the joke sarcastic and self-depricating (that would have been actually kind of clever), but even if that were the case, the final product is lame.

This is pretty simple: there is comedy and then there is drivel. This falls under the second category and it shows typical ignorance. We won't waste any more copy discussing this, we will just let the "joke" speak for itself. What do you think?

In case you want to let ABC know how you feel, you can go here.

UPDATE: now that the YouTube video which we recorded from our own TV (cable TV that we pay for) has gone viral, just it case ABC comes after us and YouTube blocks the video, you can also see it and download it here.