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Actress Maria Conchita Alonso loses acting job for supporting tea party

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When a famed Cuban-born singer/songwriter/actress openly supported a California tea party gubernatorial candidate, the San Francisco Latino community responded much as one might expect — with derision instead of acceptance.

Maria Conchita Alonso appeared with Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in a campaign ad promoting his bid for the GOP nomination. She added a Spanish translation and a little humor to Donnelly’s spiel, saying:

Donnelly’s conservative views include a strong opposition to illegal immigration. He was once associated with the Minuteman Project, a group that regularly patrols the U.S./Mexican border, according to KPIX CBS Channel 5. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/18/actress-out-of-san-francisco-production-after-endorsing-tea-party-candidate/

The backlash for Alonso’s support didn’t take long. KPIX???? reported:

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. “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.”

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But Alonso garnered some support on Twitter from a fellow Latina tea partier with the Twitter handle, “Michelle Texas Belle,” who tweeted:

The First Amendment used to represent respect for other people’s rights to state their views, whether you respected those views or not. I’m not sure what it means anymore. I’ll have to get back to you on that.

UPDATE: Alonso appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday and was interviewed by co-host Clayton Morris.

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