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Critter’s Criticism Of Netflix’s New Fresa Series, “Desenfrenadas”

What would life be without a steamy hot Mexican “fresa drama series? That’s like eating sopa de vaso con tu pinche dedo. Osea, que asco, guey.

Recently San Netflix, the patron saint of streaming, blessed us con un chorro de series featuring the lives of Mexico’s posh upper-class, known as las fresas. Y neta, guey, watching these shows is like kissing in the rain con chile serrano lip balm. O sea, es next level ecstasy, beh-beh.

If you have to ask, “Pero, Don Critter, what are these “fresa” television programs you speak of…?” obvi, estás enfermo, guey (you’re sick, bro), and you need to rub some vapuru on your forehead. You know damn well what I’m talking about. Shows like:

“La Casa de las Flores” (The House of Flowers)

La Casa de las Flores / Netflix

“Made In Mexico”

Made In Mexico / Netflix

And my latest obsession — and the subject of this new review…

“Desenfrenadas” (Unstoppable)

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

If you’re not finding “Desenfrenadas” on your Netflix, it’s because you’re Netflix is probably set to “pocho” and has re-titled the series as “Unstoppable. No judgment. I’m pretty pocho myself. My Spanish is trash and probably sounds the way these people speak Spanish: 

But let’s dig into this plate of a papas con chorizo, fam.

“Desenfrenadas” is a hidden gem you definitely need to have on your radar. It may remind you of HBO’s “Girls” but brown.

Girls / HBO

It’s like if the series “Girls” and “Breaking Bad” ripped into some bottles of tequila at a Oaxacan nightclub and snorted a line of some illegal substance, sweat-danced past sunrise, and woke up in each other’s arms the following day in a Mexican Motel-6 craving pancakes and menudo. 

That’s “Desenfrenadas.” Interested?

A huevo! Put on your quarantine pants, because it’s time to meet the characters of the show and become better acquainted con las locas that you’ll be spending your next few nights with. 

Girls / HBO

[Don’t worry. I don’t do spoilers. So calmate las chi-chis, guey.]

ROCIO 

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

Rocio is the leader of the fresa pack. It has nothing to do with her having the longest hair. I had a theory that’s how fresas choose their leader. La que la tiene más larga leads. But, no. I’m wrong. She’s honestly the most level-headed one. She’s studying to be a surgeon and following in the footsteps of her dad who happens to be a renowned surgeon. Oh, and her family lives in a big-ass Mexican “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”-like mansion built on rich doctor money. Heeeeeey!

The really interesting thing about Rocio is that she’s haunted by a ghost from her past… 

No cabrón…not like that. But a Fresa horror movie isn’t a bad idea (™)… 

In episode one, we learn that Rocio’s sister passed away. The show leaves her death a mystery (until closer to the end), but her death constantly follows Rocio around and is the main motivation behind Rocio deciding to take a spontaneous trip with her two besties who wanna get tequila lit “hasta el pito” in Oaxaca. 

Rocio’s journey is about finding her own path. She’s definitely a Walter White-type. Osea, muy badass.

Breaking Bad / AMC

Her entire life has been pre-determined by her family. She’s supposed to finish school, take on her father’s practice and marry un pinche preppy watered-down dish soap version of Justin Timberlake named “Juanpi.”

This is Justin:

This is Juanpi:

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

And this is me trying my best to tell them apart: 

The Office / NBC

But everything changes when Rocio decides she’s going to join her fresa compañeras on a trip of “Hangover” proportions. You’ll have to tune in to see how things turn out for our fearless long-haired leader. 

CARLOTA

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

Carlota’s axilas peludas (furry armpits) are possibly the most popular character on the show considering how much screen time they get. In the words of Edgar, from “La Caida del Edgar,”…”Ya Guey!”  Don’t get it twisted. I’m not offended by hairy female armpits. But I get it. Carlota has hairy pits. 

That said, Carlota is my favorite character. She is a buck wild feminist, the voice of reason, a “woke-ass-fresa,” who, despite seeming carefree and liberated, often hides in her own shell and becomes recluse. Also, she looks a lot like Hannah from “Girls.” Like, un chingo, guey!

This is Hannah:

Girls / HBO

This is Carlota:

Desenfrenadas / Instagram

Still me…unable to tell them apart:

The Office / NBC

Carlota is by far the best dressed in the series. Her clothes look like she washed a bunch of tween girl outfits, but instead of shrinking, they’ve expanded into an adult woman’s size. And👏she👏does👏not👏give👏a👏f***👏. Even though on the outside, Carlota seems to have a “me vale verga” attitude, she has a few really vulnerable moments in the show. Yas!!! These are the characters I live for. Complex characters with depth and dimension who still pull off bucket hats. Carlota is definitely la tortilla hecha a mano that keeps her friends (the other ingredients that make up a taco) together. 

VERA

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

Does anyone remember Cher from the Movie “Clueless?”

Clueless / Paramount Pictures

Yeah, her.

Vera is Cher, pero menos pendeja, and with a fierce attitude.

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

She’s posh and glitzy, but if you don’t respond to her text message or you accidentally sneeze on her Gucci bag valiste caca.

Vera’s best quality is her ability to surprise you with how pinche fresa she can sound. Neta, guey, her fresa talk is on point and you’ll find yourself speaking with a papa en la boca for weeks before it wears off. En serio beh-beh. Why do you think I’ve been sprinkling fresa-isms throughout this review.

That’s leftover Vera. I’m not even mad at it. Low key, I like it

Dumb and Dumber / Universal Pictures

But more than her acento fresa, Vera is the most ride-or-die friend. She does some crazy sh** in the series to protect her friends. Even Dominic Toretto would be like: 

“That fresa is wild” — Dominic Toretto (fake quote). 

Make sure to look out for Vera’s amazing character development. She might come off as a bratty rich girl, but the show goes deep into Vera, pero you don’t even know, beh-beh.

MARCELA

Desenfrenadas / Netflix

Marcela jumps into the story out of nowhere. She isn’t part of the friend gang. Maybe her tattoos and the Virgen de Guadalupe crop top give that away…so no, she is not a chica fresa. She’s a girl from the hood mixed up with what my mom would call, “mala gente.” I can’t get into detail about Marcela without spoiling major plot points, but she is definitely a gangsta with a ton of layers to her. I want you to picture Jesus Christ in your mind. While you’re doing that, imagine he has two big-ass guns in his hands and a cigarette in his mouth. That’s Marcela. 

So, should you watch “Desenfrenadas?” 

Nacho Libre / Paramount Pictures

¡A huevo! Unless you’re taking a trip to Oaxaca soon that suddenly takes a ton of twists and turns and changes your entire perspective of the world, then yes, you should definitely watch this show — because it’s as close to that as you’ll get. “Desenfrenadas” is an incredible show with beautiful writing, character development, visuals, and acting. Every night, my wife would look at me and say, “Wanna watch fresas?” 

“You’re damn right I wanna watch fresas tonight.”

Enjoy the show and please let me know if you guys have any recommendations for future shows to review.

Adios mis beh-behs. Keep your armpits dry and your nalgas plastered on the couch.

-Critter

Here is the trailer because if I didn’t help you make up your mind, this will:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io7BSftd9-g

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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FBI Arrests Jerry Harris From ‘Cheer’ On Production Of Child Pornography Charge

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FBI Arrests Jerry Harris From ‘Cheer’ On Production Of Child Pornography Charge

Update: September 17, 2020

Jerry Harris, the “Cheer” fan favorite, has been arrested by the FBI.

According to reports, Harris has been charged in federal court with the production of child pornography. The charge stems from a criminal complaint filed against Harris alleging that he sought sexual acts and photos from minors.

Harris was scheduled to appear before a court magistrate on Thursday to face the charge. The charge of the production of child pornography comes with a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

The charges are connected to Harris’ alleged advances on a 13-year-old cheerleader. Harris, who was 19 at the time, was soliciting photos and videos from the minor on Snapchat in 2018. The charge also states that Harris confronted the young cheerleader in the bathroom at a cheerleading event and asked for solicited oral sex.

The news continues to shock and surprise people on social media.

The news broke earlier this week that the FBI had opened an investigation into Harris because of a complaint filed claiming the sexual misconduct. The charge includes several photos, videos, and messages sent between Harris and minors demanding sexually explicit images from the minors.

Original: Cheerleading star Jerry Harris, 21, gained national attention earlier this year when he was introduced to Netflix viewers in a six-part docuseries called “Cheer.” The series followed the nationally ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepared for a Daytona Beach competition. Fans of the show became captivated by Harris a cheerleader whose positivity and energy seemed utterly contagious. Soon after his appearance on the show, Harris rocketed to stardom and made appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” nabbed interviews with Variety magazine, and even made a guest appearance on the cheerleading themed song “Mas(k)ot” by Todrick Hall.

A recent revelation however is revealing that Harris’ standing as a lovable household name is no longer.

Recently, fans of Harris learned of an FBI investigation into him is underway and regards allegations that the celebrity cheerleader solicited sexually explicit photos as well as sex from minors.

In a statement to USA Today, Siobhan Johnson, a FBI special agent and public affairs officer said that “The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area.”

Harris has not been criminally charged.

The criminal investigation stems from allegations brought forward by 14-year-old twin brothers. The two minors claim that Harris made them endure a pattern of harassment, both online and at cheer competitions. The two claim the harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19 and continued for over a year.

At the start of August, Varsity Brands, a private company that governs the cheerleading industry, reported to police in Florida and Texas that its Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris. Brillhart reported the information to police officials as required by law.

“Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to have sex with him in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions,” reports USA Today.

“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” Brillhart wrote.

Brillhart described Harris as a former employee and emphasized that he was no longer actively working for Varsity at the time of when the alleged incidents took place.

The current lawsuit against Harris claims that the Netflix star solicited explicit photos from the twin brothers and also asked one of the twins for oral sex.

So far, Harris has denied the accusations.

“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” a spokesperson for Harris said in a statement to Variety. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

The twin brothers are seeking $1 million in damages.

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