Devious Maids

Maid of Money: What the Show ‘Devious Maids’ Shows us about Money and Morality

 

If you’re not a part of the Devious Army (lame on you!) then you may or may not know that “Devious Maids” is a “Desperate Housewives-esque” dramedy about a small circle of Latina maids, that airs Sunday nights on Lifetime. Part of my personal interest in this show are the deliberate signs of social stratification amongst the maids, and the wealthy people who employ them. Below are some of the most blatant moments pertaining to this topic.

Perri Deports Rosie…

A wealthy, young budding actress with the illusion of a loving husband and family does not simply lose her husband to the maid! Although Perri is certainly no stranger to infidelity and adultery (given the fact that she got caught cheating on Spence earlier in the season), she uses her socio-economic advantages to permanently remove Rosie from the country, upon discovering that she and her husband Spence are having an affair. We can argue all day about who’s right and wrong in this instance, but the fact remains that Rosie would never be able to do the same to Perri, unless she drastically improves her financial status in society.

The Powells Murder Phillippe…

Whoever said, “Money is the root of all evil,” couldn’t have been too far off. The higher the net worth, the more people believe they’re entitled to get away with. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that they only kill Powell to avenge Flora, the maid that Phillippe killed. However, whom do you know that handles their problems in this manner…and actually gets away with it?! Furthermore, it’s even creepier that Evelyn assists Adrian in killing Phillippe, knowing that Adrian was having an affair with Flora. Either way, it’s almost as if murder is a birthright to these folks…meanwhile back at the ranch Marisol’s poor son went to jail for months before they could prove he didn’t kill Flora. Shouldn’t they have had to prove that he did kill her before imprisoning him…??

Alejandro Dates Carmen…

This may sound like no big deal…but if you know anything about the show, you know that Alejandro is secretly a homosexual pop star, who has almost been entirely outed on the show by an Ex. In the poor world, there is almost no coming back from such a thing (Not that there’s anything wrong with that). However, only a very rich man can use money, and literally hire a person to help clean up one’s public persona. Alejandro is a huge example of this, as he sprang into dishonest action at the first sign of something threatening his career and thus, finances. I mean, gay pop stars aren’t exactly unheard of…but when you’re already filthy rich, you can afford to bury your dirt.

The Bottom Line…

“Devious Maids” is a dramatically hilarious show that shows us so much about how our society functions in the world of both the haves, and the have-nots. In this society, morality matters very little in the face of money. If nothing else, the dramedy shows us that money equals power, and power corrupts absolutely.

Venus L

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