Felicity Huffman’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Costar Slams 14-Day Jail Sentence
By Emily Lee
October 9, 2019
Before the college admissions scandal, Felicity Huffman was best known for starring as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives. The popular drama ran for eight seasons on ABC. Huffman's work on the show earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. While Huffman has spoken fondly about her time on the show and remains friends with some of her cast mates, including Eva Longoria, it seems not all of co-workers feel the same way.
Ricardo Antonio Chavira opened up about his own experience working on Desperate Housewives in recently resurfaced tweets from September. He opened up about the white privilege he witnessed while working on the show after Huffman's light prison sentence was handed down. “White Privilege. And I saw eight years worth of it, so I know what I’m talking about,” Chavira wrote. “Accountability and Responsibility don’t mean s–t to these people.”
“I saw eight years worth of it working on Housewives," he continued. "I’ve seen a lifetime of it being a halfbreed, and I’ve struggled w the intricacies of it on a daily basis w all the cultural bias I’ve received on both ends. But whatever. Slap on the wrist. Sorry, but this s–t.”
Chavira wasn't the only person upset by Huffman's 14-day prison sentence. Many people took to social media to call out double standards in the American justice system follower her court date. During a rare interview, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling opened up about why Huffman was let off easy. He called Huffman "probably the least culpable of the defendants" involved in the case.
"She took responsibility almost immediately. She was contrite, did not try to minimize her conduct," Lelling explained. "I think she handled it in a very classy way. And so, at the end of the day, we thought the one month was proportional. I think the two weeks that she actually got was also reasonable. I think we were happy with that. I think it was a thoughtful sentence."
"If people take responsibility for their conduct and they take responsibility for their conduct early on, then it will probably go better for them," he continued. "What I value in the Felicity Huffman sentence is that I think it sent a clear message to other parents involved that there really is a good chance that if you're convicted of the offense, you're going to go to prison for some period of time."