Here’s What Fans On Social Media Have To Say About The Controversial ‘El Secreto De Selena’
Last night, Telemundo premiered the first installment of the series “El Secreto de Selena,” and we’re still reeling from the drama. The Spanish series is based on the novel by noted journalist María Celeste Arrarás which explores the months leading up to Selena’s death and the aftermath, including the trial of her killer, Yolanda Saldívar.
The Quintanilla family has been against Arrarás book since before it was published in 1997, just two years after Selena’s death. Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, has long disputed the accounts in the book, calling Arrarás full of crap and saying it was full of lies. Arrarás, however, said the story is like most investigative novels. She said the book is not solely based on her infamous interview with Saldívar, but also hundreds of court documents, interviews with those on the murder trial jury, and people that were in the mix of Selena’s life during that time. Needless to say, this series has been long anticipated because everyone wants to know, what was Selena’s secret and what motivated Saldívar to murder her.
“El Secreto de Selena” begins where “Selena” the movie left off.
The 13-episode series, which first premiered last year in Mexico, has had an onslaught of controversy mainly because it exposes the late Tejano singer in a way we’ve never seen her portrayed before. This series is not about her career, about her childhood, or how she became a star. This Selena story is about why she was murdered and is shown in a True Crime fashion. The Quintanillas maintain a stronghold on her image in the public, which means this portrayal goes against whatever they are trying to protect or allege is not true.
The first impression is everything, and there’s definitely mixed reactions to this version.
People did not like that this production didn’t use Selena’s real music.
María Celeste was live-tweeting during the show and responded to the haters.
Many were commenting that Saldivar has a really high-pitched voice.
Twitter reminded us that younger Selena fans are coming into this completely new.
Some may think that Selena’s killer was some random person or just a crazy fan not knowing they were very good friends and she was actually the president of Selena’s fan club.
Some Twitter users didn’t like how actress Maya Zapata portrayed Selena in the concert scene.
They said her dancing and accent were not authentic to Selena’s.
One of the hardest-hitting parts for people to watch is that hospital room scene.
I mean, imagine being those doctors.
But there was positive feedback on the casting in the show.
Mexican actor Jorge Zárate, who had a role in ‘Señora Acero’, played Abraham Quintanilla.
Fans had mixed feelings about the actor playing Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.
Venezuelan actor Daniel Elbittar plays the role of Chris Perez. He previously had roles in telenovelas.
María Celeste has maintained this production is based on her book which was information gathered from her reporting. People are still questioning the accuracy.
Users even pointed out how different Corpus Christi looked.
Selena fans are hardcore. They inspect every last detail and if something seems off to them, they will call it out.
Still, hardcore Selena facts are learning things they didn’t know before. Some facts on Saldivar are new to many.
We just know there’s still so much to uncover. We have so many questions that will be answered in the coming episodes — at least that’s what we’re hoping for.
María Celeste Arrarás was on hand responding to doubters.
María Celeste was live-tweeting from the beginning.
People may have ripped the first episode apart, but that does not mean they will stay away from the rest of the series.
People just can’t resist anything Selena. Since Selena’s death, fans have only really had the Quintanilla side of the story. This series offers another perspective to the life of one of the most beloved artists of our times.
Will you keep watching?