Puerto Ricans Demand Cancellation of Work It

For 30 year-old Puerto Rican Antoni Jimenez, being "boricua" and being a drug dealer are not synonymous, much less something to joke about, according to the Spanish-language daily.

Evidently angry, the man joined dozens of protesters Thursday to demand that ABC have more respect for Puerto Ricans.

Many demonstrated in front of the network's studios because of a line in a recent episode of ABC's show Work It, in which actor Amuary Nolasco said: "I'm Puerto Rican. I'd be great at selling drugs."

Veteran Arvilio Villanueva, 75, told El Diario that the program should go off the air after having degraded his community.

"It's offensive," he said. "We're not stupid, mediocre people -- we want an apology and we want it now."

Villanueva, carrying a sign that read "I am Puerto Rican, and I am not a drug dealer" told the tabloid that the series is "trash" and "anti-Latino."

City Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Melissa Mark-Viverito joined together to chant: "We are not drug dealers!"

Pedro Quintero, 32, told the paper: "We are humiliated in real life and on television. As a Puerto Rican, I feel doubly offended."

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