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Chris Perez Watched ‘Selena’ For The First Time And Shared His Reactions As He Watched It

Chris Perez recently watched “Selena” for the first time and he gave everyone a front seat to his emotional experience. Perez took to Facebook and gave everyone a play by play on what was happening with some of the most iconic scenes of “Selena.” It’s as sweet and insightful as one would think.

Here’s how he kicked things off:

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Guess what just started on the Lifetime tv channel…yup. Gonna grab a bottle of wine from the kitchen and sit through the movie in it’s entirety for the first time (besides the premier…where my eyes were closed half of the time),” Perez wrote. “Wish me luck. This is gonna be surreal. ?”

From the start, Perez seemed very weary and emotional about watching the life of his late wife.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Ugh, don’t know if I can do this,” Perez wrote. “The TRUE test will be when my ‘character’ comes out. ?”

He did have some fun with it, like when he recognized a joke that A.B. Quintanilla would totally tell.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

That is so cute.

He even confirmed that the band talked about the “bumper story” after he joined the band.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“I heard about the ‘bumper story,'” Perez wrote. “That happened before I was in the band. #Funny #AnythingForSelenas” Anything for Selenas, indeed.

And then Perez, the character, came on screen. It got real.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Here…we…go…,” Perez wrote.

He was even very humble about his portrayal.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Wow…,” Perez wrote. “I was HOT! LOLOL!!!!!! ?”

Perez then gave all Selena fans an incredible scoop about the famous pizza scene.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Yup. She LOOOOOOOOVED pizza…this scene coulda been a lil more heavy,” Perez wrote. “Here’s where we first said ‘I love you’ to each other. My head was spinning.” ? ? ?

He cleared up some inconsistencies with the overall storyline.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“She always made me nervous….who ‘dances’ nest to Selena? LOLO!!!! ?,” Perez wrote. Then, it got real. CHHTT!!!!!! And it was Ricky (not Joe) that busted us. (Sorry Rick…my bad).”

Clearly he was moved by some of the inside jokes that the two had.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“The, ‘he hardly talks’ part is right,” Perez wrote. “You have to get to know me. ?”

The room trashing scene? Perez totally owned up to it.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“Room trashing happened….Oh God,” Perez lamented. “Not one of my prouder moments. But I paid THOUSANDS in damages. Lesson Learned. She…was…PISSED.”

And then he gave all the men reading some advice on how to handle your less than valiant moments.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“But…you know what? When you mess up bad, pay for your mistakes AND do a great job after?????,” Perez wrote. “NO ONE can dispute your talent. NO EXCUSES.”

He also pointed out that they were actually married before the whole stage collapse incident.  *

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“We were married by this point,” Perez wrote. “Movie doesn’t show that.” #Shade

And, of course, he told us what all the band members felt during the concert.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“That was crazier than the movie shows,” Perez admitted. “I thought we were not gonna make it out.”

As the movie neared the end, Perez gracefully bowed out, most likely because it would be too painful to relive her death.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“And here’s where I think I have to leave the party….It was good hanging out with you guys tonight and being able to ‘talk’ with you all,” Perez wrote to his followers. “Until next time….ENJOY THE REST OF THE MOVIE! ?”

At the end, he gave Jennifer Lopez a shout out for her performance and let us know he just can’t watch the end of the movie, because of course.

Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena
CREDIT: Chris Perez / Facebook / Q Productions / Selena

“I’ll tell you what… Jen did a great f!@#king jobs. Super proud,” Perez wrote. “Will not watch the ending of the movie. G’night everyone….one last time, LOL!”


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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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