A group of Hispanic women have come to the defence of actress Rosie Perez after learning producers at U.S. Tv show The View allegedly questioned her intelligence behind the scenes.

The collective, calling themselves #YoSoyRosie, has taken issue with disparaging remarks made against co-host Perez, who stepped away from the show last month (Dec14) to concentrate on a Broadway project.

The group of woman came together after a The View source recently told the New York Daily News that the Latina star is "not the sharpest tool in the box", while another insider told Variety, "Ms. Perez can't read a TelePrompTer."

In a letter, obtained by Tmz.com, the #YoSoyRosie activists write: "Questioning a woman's intelligence is an old stereotype that is sexist and in this case also racist... When you disparage the only Latina on The View, you disparage all Latinas."

The group features New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez.