Minority Unemployment

  • Aired:  06/05/12
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Al Madrigal reports that national Latino unemployment numbers pale in comparison to the 98.7% unemployment rate that Latinos face in show business. (4:03)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HI!

WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

QUICK QUESTION: ARE YOU WHITE?

(LAUGHTER) IF SO, LAST FRIDAY'S DISMAL MAY UN EMPLOYMENT FIGURES WERE BAD.

BUT NOT MINORITY BAD.

>> THE PERSISTENT UNEMPLOYMENT YOU HAVE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

14% COMPARED TO WHITES WHICH IS 7%.

LATINO COMMUNITY 11% UNEMPLOYMENT TO WHITES 7%.

>> WOW, DOUBLE-DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT FOR BLACKS AND LATINOS.

THAT COULD REALLY HURT OBAMA'S CHANCES AMONGST... WELL, JUST THE LATINOS.

I MEAN, THAT'S... LET'S BE FRANK.

(LAUGHTER) FOR MORE ON THIS, WE TURN TO SENIOR LATINO ECONOMIC ANALYST AL MADRIGAL.

AL, THANKS FOR JOINING US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) DOES 11% IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY PUT THE LATINO COMMUNITY IN PLAY

FOR THIS ELECTION?

>> I MEAN, IT MAY.

BUT EVEN 11% PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE 98.7% UNEMPLOYMENT LATINOS FACE ELSEWHERE.

>> Jon: 98.... WHERE?

>> RIGHT HERE, JON.

SHOW BUSINESS.

(LAUGHTER) TELEVISIONE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: YOU'RE LATINO AND OFF JOB IN SHOW BUSINESS.

>> YES, I HAVE THE JOB, JON.

DO ME A FAVOR: TRY TO NAME ONE OTHER LATINO ON TELEVISION.

>> Jon: OH.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S.

..

>> NOT GERALDO.

>> Jon: OKAY.

OH!

>> LOPEZ WAS CANCELED JON.

>> Jon: (BLEEP).

IS WHITNEY...

>> NO!

>> Jon: EITHER OF THE BROKE GIRLS?

>> YOU'D THINK SO, BUT NO.

(LAUGHTER) "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" WITH EVA LONGORIA?

THAT WAS CANCELED.

>> Jon: DOE EQUIS MAN?

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT THE REAL INTERESTING THING ABOUT THAT MAN IS?

>> Jon: WHAT?

>> HIS REAL NAME IS JONATHAN GOLDSMITH.

>> Jon: YES!

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) O.K., SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY HIT SHOW LEAD ROLE.

>> NOW, THAT DOES NOT COUNT BECAUSE SHE'S HOT FIRST, LATINA SECOND.

(LAUGHTER)

>> BUT THERE ARE STILL ROLES.

>> YEAH, DEGRADING STUFF,

STEREOTYPE STUFF.

LATINO ACTORS ARE REDUCED TO HANGING OUT IN FRONT OF A HOME DEPOT WAITING FOR A PRODUCER TO

PULL UP WITH DAY WORK.

NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU'RE PLAYING A HOUSE PAINTER WHO CAN'T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!

(IN A SPANISH ACCENT) YOU SAID PAINT THE WHOLE HOUSE.

AREN'T THE WINDOWS PART OF THE HOUSE?

AI, AI, AI, I'M SORRY!

>> Jon: (LAUGHS) WHO PAINTS THE WINDOWS?

IT'S GOOD WRITING BUT YOU REALLY BROUGHT IT TO LIFE.

FORGET SITCOMS.

WHAT ABOUT DRAMATIC ROLES?

>> AT THIS POINT LATINOS WOULD BE LUCKY TO GET CAST AS THE SECOND GUY KILLED IN SOME

CRAZY-ASS SPACE FLICK.

(IN A SPANISH ACCENT) DON'T WORRY, GUYS, I'LL CHECK OUT THE CAVE.

IT'S GOT MY LEGS!

AHHH!

(LAUGHTER) UGH.

(LAUGHTER) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WHAT ABOUT... WHAT ABOUT UNIVISION?

TELENOVELLAS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

>> Jon: WHAT'D YOU JUST SAY?

>> Jon: TELENOVELLAS,

UNIVISION?

TELENOVELLAS?

>> I DON'T SPEAK SPANISH.

I'M FOURTH GENERATION.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, AL

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