In a new statement, Kelley said that “representation” is currently more important than ever for “Black and brown people of color.”
According to the 34-year-old actress, “how we are represented on our television shows determines how society sees us, and the empathy and support they will grant our communities.”
Kelley lamented that many Latin people are frequently “depicted as narcos and maids” in Hollywood, which can affect “voters when they go to the polls and elect leaders who will decide on the fate of immigrants.”
She felt that Baker and the Beauty was one of the few positive depictions of Latin families on television since it showed them “as warm, lovable, full of joy and compassion and humor.”
“A cancellation by ABC means that there are now no shows on the networks with a Latinx cast.”
Kelley concluded her statement by mentioning the ongoing protests against racism around the world, noting that in light of people asking for reform and change, it seemed like a poor decision on the network’s part to cancel a show sporting a diverse cast.
Adding fuel to the fire is that the network previously canceled another summer series with a primarily Latin cast last year. Grand Hotel was similarly canceled after only one season, leading to a vocal outcry from its many viewers.
Kelley took to her social media to encourage fans to sign petitions to potentially have another network or streaming service pick up Baker and the Beauty for a second season.
Her Twitter feed has been primarily filled with calls to action for viewers to sign petitions and let their voices be heard to “send a message to these platforms that diversity matters.”
The ex-Dynasty star also retweeted an article from Celebrity Kind, stating that other notable actresses such as Eva Longoria — who served as an executive producer on Grand Hotel — and Zoe Saldana were calling for ABC to give Baker and the Beauty a second chance.
Longoria took to her Instagram to share a plea with her 7.9 million followers for the series to get picked up.
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Well I’m sure you heard that @abcnetwork cancelled @bakerandthebeauty yet another show with an entire Latino cast! This is bad news for the Latino community! Why doesn’t @abcnetwork give it more of a chance for our gente to find the show?! And “gente” where are you guys? Show up and get loud. Representation matters on television! This was a sweet show about a good family! And one of the only Latino shows out there! We need this show to find another home! Show your support with the hashtags below and let’s flex our community power! ✊????✊????✊????. #Repost @thereallisavidal ・・・ Hey peeps! Hoping everyone is doing well staying healthy and safe as most of you know ABC decided to cancel our show the Baker and the Beauty, sad… but the good news is that it isnt over yet, we are still hopeful and NBC Universal is shopping or show to other platforms such as #peacocktv , #netflix , #Amazon , #Prime etc… There are over 500 television shows on air, and ZERO latino shows on network TV right now, and only a handful on streaming. The Baker and the beauty is a well written diverse show about a Latin family preppers denting our Latino culture in a positive light. It pretty much is for every family to watch. It would be tragic if this show just disappears at a time when the diversity issue in our country is front and center. When the lack of inclusion is at an all time high as well. We have two weeks to find a new home for our beautiful show the Baker and the Beauty…. please help support us and bring attention in anyway you can to help us save our show… we love you guys and we are grateful for you! ???????????????????????????????? Please use these hashtags #savethebakerandthebeauty #renewthebakerandthebeauty
Adding salt to the wound is the fact the show’s first season finale ended with what TVLine dubbed a “doozy of a cliffhanger.” If the show is not rescued, fans will be forced to live with an unfinished ending.
Luckily for Kelley and the other cast members, fans seem to have taken her request for action seriously as there has been an outpouring of love for Baker and the Beauty all over social media since the cancellation announcement.
Thank you for your kind words. So many people feel the same and it’s heartwarming to see us gain over 80 000 signatures within 24 hrs https://t.co/6dXbjq2iHY
— Nathalie Kelley (@natkelley) June 17, 2020