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“Grey’s Anatomy” Celebrated Dia De Los Muertos And I Cried The Entire Time

For the past 15 seasons, I’ve been watching “Grey’s Anatomy” religiously. The show’s dramatic life-or-death plots, not to mention their love stories, has drawn in me for years and I love it to pieces.

However, I was super heartbroken when actress Sara Ramirez, who played Callie Torres, left the show. She was the only featured Latina who brought some of my culture to this show.

It’s only been recently, in the last year or so that they’ve taken on some issues close to my heart. In one episode last season, they focused on a doctor that had DACA status. She, the only Latina on the show, had to unfortunately leave the country because she was undocumented.

Last night, “Grey’s Anatomy” focused their episode on my favorite holiday: Día de los Muertos.

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While the show always deals with patients suffering from all kinds of health issues, the doctors embraced Día de los Muertos thanks to a little girl that needed surgery.

The episode titled “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” featured a little girl named Flor, who’s entire family stayed in her hospital room to give her support while she prepared for surgery.

The show typically makes me cry, but seeing this Latino family celebrate Día de los Muertos on prime-time TV was too much!

In the clip above, Flor’s family is playing music and singing the classic song “El ultimo trago” made famous by Chavela Vargas.

I took one look at Flor and her family, and it reminded me so much of the time I was little and was in the hospital for months after a car accident.

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My family was also by my bedside every single day. If they couldn’t be with me because of work, they would make sure someone would be there so I wouldn’t be alone.

Thankfully Flor’s surgery was minor because I truly thought to myself, if she dies I’m gonna lose it. I say that because I know very well people on this show die left and right. No one is safe.

It was really special to see the non-Latino doctors embrace Día de los Muertos. Each of them discussed someone special that had died.

The Latino family told the doctors that Día de los Muertos isn’t necessarily to mourn those that have died, but more to celebrate their life. However, I think because some of the doctors were new to this holiday, they couldn’t help but feel sadness when thinking of their loved ones.

It was especially cool to see Ellen Pompeo — aka — Dr. Meredith Grey wearing a marigold flower for most of the episode.

Meredith Grey has seen her fair share of death on the show. She’s probably experienced more death than anyone.

Here’s a list of everyone that has died — that has been close to Meredith — since the show began:

  • Her mother.
  • Her husband.
  • Her sister.
  • Her best friend.
  • And countless colleagues.

The Latina grandmother informed Meredith that our loved ones, even though they have passed, are always with us.

After that special moment between the two, those words must have really resonated with Meredith because after that something insane happened.

Meredith’s dead family and friends appeared on the show!!

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All of those people pictured, aside from Meredith, including the dog have died. Meaning those characters are no longer on the show, but they made a special appearance, which is huge because they were such beloved people.

People on social media could not contain their emotions.

We were truly blindsided.

The mere idea that so many people that were close to her all died is honestly too much.

And yet Meredith goes on like a champ.

Some of us are still not over the fact that these characters are no longer on the show.

The only time we get to see them again is in re-runs.

One of the most special moments was hearing an old “Grey’s Anatomy” classic song “Chasing Cars” in Spanish.

“We were trying to figure out what song would play over that sequence and Kiley suggested playing an iconic Grey’s song and having it be covered in Spanish,” showrunner Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter. “That was her idea. As soon as she said it, I said, ‘Oh my God it has to be ‘Chasing Cars!” I mean how many times has that song played? It’s always our go-to. It felt like the most beautiful way to pay tribute to the history of the show while keeping alive the culture that we were celebrating with this episode. We commissioned that song.”

Here’s the Spanish version of “Chasing Cars” by Moon and Sun featuring Israel De Corcho.” But first get some tissues.

Okay, I’ll leave you with that.

¡Feliz dia los Muertos!


READ: 25 Ways Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres Is Relevant AF

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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After 17 Seasons “Grey’s Anatomy” Has Finally Cast Its First Indigenous Doctor

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Just when you thought “Grey’s Anatomy” had literally done every storyline in the book, they turn around and surprise you. And this time, “Grey”‘s is bringing some good news.

Now, in 2021, after 17 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally featuring its first indigenous doctor, Dr. James Chee, played by actor Robert I Mesa.

Robert I Mesa is an actor of Navajo and Soboba descent. According to an online biography, Mesa is self-taught photographer, filmmaker and actor working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mesa took to Instagram to celebrate the good news about being the first indigenous doctor on “Grey’s”.

“I’m so excited and honored to be the first indigenous doctor on Grey’s Anatomy,” he wrote. “James Chee will be back on April 15, so be sure to tune in…Thank you so much To Grey’s Anatomy! I know this is going to mean so much to my indigenous peoples.” He ended the caption with “it’s a good day to be indigenous”

Although now Mesa is now on one of the biggest shows on TV, he is still a relative newcomer to showbiz and “Grey’s” will be his first major role after appearing on episode three of this season.

“Grey’s Anatomy” has always prided itself in hiring diverse actors to fill its cast.

In fact, when “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes first created the show in 20–, she instructed her casting director to bring in actors of all races to audition. “The script was written with no character descriptions, no clue as to what anyone should look like,” she told Oprah in 2006.

“We read every color actor for every single part. My goal was simply to cast the best actors. I was lucky because the network said, ‘Go for it.'”

Those directions led to one of the most culturally and racially diverse casts in TV history. And it also changed the television landscape forever.

“When they had me come in to read for the role of chief of surgery, I hadn’t seen an African American in that kind of role before,” James Pickens Jr, who plays Dr. Richard Webber, said to The Hollywood Reporter.

He continued: “Shonda always wanted to make sure that the show impacted the landscape in a way that we hadn’t seen before on TV. I like to think that Grey’s had a big part in how the industry casts shows.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” has paved the way for other racially-diverse Shondaland shows like “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Scandal”, “Station 19”, and most recently, “Bridgerton.”

We’re glad that an iconic television staple like “Grey’s Anatomy” is finally expanding its diverse cast to include its first indigenous doctor.

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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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President Trump Declares Día de Muertos a ‘National Remembrance Day’ For Americans ‘Killed By Illegal Aliens’

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On October 30th, President Donald Trump released a memo declaring November 1st a “National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed By Illegal Aliens”.

Almost immediately, Latinos recognized that Trump’s “day of remembrance” directly coincided with another significant day of remembrance–Dia de Muertos.

The proclamation stated that the purpose of the rememberance day was to honor the lives of Americans who were “so egregiously taken from us by criminal illegal aliens.” It continued: “As sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and as American citizens, these precious lives are an irreplaceable piece of our national community.”

Trump concluded the statement by saying that we “recommit to ensuring that those responsible for these tragedies face justice, while taking every action to prevent these horrific acts from occurring in our Nation.”

Naturally, many Americans saw this as a direct slap in the face to Latinos who celebrate Dia de Muertos on the same day.

It is no secret that Trump has openly derided Mexican immigrants on multiple occasions, calling them “drug dealers”, “criminals”, “rapists”, and “bad hombres”.

Throughout his term, he has sought to limit all forms of immigration from the Southern border–even asylum seekers. His reasoning is that immigrants from Mexico are violent and dangerous, but statistics paint a different story. Studies have shown that crime rates are actually lower among immigrants than they are among native-born Americans.

This type of cultural insensitivity reminds is reminiscent of Trump’s Oklahoma campaign rally over the summer. As a refresher, Trump held the rally in Tulsa on June 11th–also known as Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of Black Americans from slavery. The fact that the rally was held in Tulsa also added insult to injury. Tulsa is the infamous site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, where jealous white Americans slaughtered residents of Oklahoma’s “Black Wall Street” en masse. Either Trump didn’t do his homework, or he was blatantly inflaming historical racial wounds. Either way, the decision was thoughtless.

Of course, many people on Twitter were shocked and appalled by Trump’s ‘National Remembrance Day’ proclamation.

This proclamation reeks of blatant race-baiting and overall disrespect for this deeply sentimental Latin American tradition.

This Latina doesn’t seem to be convinced that the date Trump chose for this “Remembrance Day” was coincidental.

The anti-Latino sentiment coming from Trump is undeniable this time.

This Twitter user couldn’t help but point out the hypocrisy of calling certain immigrants “illegal” when the OG illegal immigrants were white colonizers.

Where is the remembrance day for the millions of Indigenous people killed by European colonizers? Or the millions of Africans who were stolen from their ancestral homes and forced into slavery?

This Twitter user pointed out the statistical disparity between Americans killed by “illegal aliens” and those killed by COVID-19.

We wish Donald Trump would’ve used this same energy when it came to containing and controlling the spread of the coronavirus across the United States at the beginning of this year.

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