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“When I opened it and saw that it wasn’t even funny — it was hurtful and derogatory — I was shocked because I walked in expecting something very different given the way things are nowadays and the progress we’ve made,” Maris said in an interview with the publication.
Maris was shown portions of the script from the first episode featuring a character named Carmen, who is a housekeeper for the character Michael. In the first scene, according to Variety, Carmen is introduced as being “nearly hysterical on the phone,” calling Michael to tell him in broken English that she suspects his apartment has been robbed.
“Mister, I just get here and they stole!” her line said. “They stole! They rob you! I don’t know how they get in.”
In the second scene, Variety reported, Carmen berates Michael for the way he washed a glass, saying, “No, I do that. You don’t clean good, you always leave a ring.”
Reading the part for Carmen left Maris so outraged that she wrote an open letter to Star and Harris.
“I’m just fed up,” she said. “If I’m not going to say anything now, when am I going to say something? I just want (writers) to think the next time they write a character like that. I’m speaking out for the younger actors coming up so they face even less of that than my generation has.”
Harris is an executive producer for the series, but was not involved in writing or casting the role of the Latina housekeeper, Variety reported.
CNN has reached out to Netflix for comment. The streaming service said in a statement to Variety that it apologized to Maris and that the character had been dropped from the show.
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