'The View's' Rosie Perez Latina Group Blasts Show For Racist And Sexist Remarks

1/21/2015 11:19 AM PST

'The View's' Rosie Perez -- Latina Group Blasts Show For Racist And Sexist Remarks

EXCLUSIVE

A distinguished group of Hispanic women are blasting "The View" for allegedly making disparaging remarks against co-host Rosie Perez ... saying they are both racist and sexist.

The group referring to themselves as #YoSoyRosie is responding to a "View" source who spoke to the NY Daily News and said Rosie, "is not the sharpest tool in the box," and most recently told Variety that "Ms. Perez can't read a TelePrompTer."

The group just put out a letter, obtained by TMZ , "questioning a woman's intelligence is an old stereotype that is sexist and in this case also racist" and they go on to say "when you disparage the only Latina on 'The View', you disparage all Latinas."

#YoSoyRosie members include high profile names like New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NY Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez and best selling author Esmeralda Santiago.

Rosie is scheduled to appear on "The View" Thursday to address the comments.