Actress in Tim Donnelly ad pushed out of SF play

A Latino actress who appeared in a conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate’s ad faced so much backlash that she had to quit her role in a play in San Francisco, CBS San Francisco reports.

Tim Donnelly – an Assemblyman from Twin Peaks – released a campaign video this week featuring Maria Conchita Alonso. Per CBS:

The actress was to perform next month at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco’s Mission District in a Spanish-language version of “The Vagina Monologues,” scheduled for a run from February 14th through 17th. The show is being produced by none other than Eliana Lopez, wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

“We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately,” Lopez told KPIX 5. She said Alonso abruptly resigned from the cast on Friday, given the backlash on the immigration issue.

“Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we’re in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe,” Lopez said.

Donnelly’s campaign had described the online-only ad as featuring “Donnelly, a former Minuteman, and Hollywood actress Maria Conchita Alonso, whose family of Cuban immigrants fled an oppressive dictatorship and sought freedom in America. Together, the pair talks about how, despite our differences, we are ALL Californians and must unite to tackle the many problems facing California.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    Oh dear! I’ve always had “a thing” for Maria. Had no idea of her politics. Oh well, I can still dream of her joining me in my lair. She can be Mary Matlin, and I’ll be James Carville.

  • Willis James

    I guess the approximate 1 in 3 Hispanics who agree with enforcement of things such as immigration laws and several other “Republican” issues should NOT be able to voice their opinions. Especially not on gun rights.

    Banishing her from SF productions reminds me a bit of the UC Berkeley efforts to eliminate speakers who support Israel while welcoming the speakers who support the PLO.

    Sometimes the group-think atmosphere in the Bay Area is so pervasive that those objecting to alternative views actually still believe they value free speech.

    Diversity is valued as long as we limit it to ethnic differences and not ideas or politics. People should know their place.

  • Elwood

    Diversity is valued as long as it agrees with Bay Area loony liberalism.

  • JohnW

    Well gee! You have an ultra-liberal, Latino woman with liberal ideas about immigration. She is producing a show with ultra-feminist themes. So, she finds out the hot Latino actress she recruited to be in the show is doing TV ads for an ultra-conservative sexist whose approach to immigration issues is to build big fences and put volunteer “Minutemen” with guns along the border. I can see where that might lead to a parting of ways. However, instead of dis-inviting Maria, they could have given her some new lines to read. Perhaps something that would give a sexualized meaning to the word “minuteman” and a Freudian interpretation of a man’s preoccupation with guns.