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‘Jane the Virgin’ Finally Revealed Who The Narrator Is In Its Series Finale And Fans Are Freaking Out

After five amazing seasons of Jane the Virgin, last night marked the 100th chapter of our favorite modern-day telenovela. Through Jane Villanueva and her family, we laughed, we ugly cried, and most importantly of all, many of us–Latinx women–saw ourselves represented in these beautiful characters. During the series finale, we got to see Jane finally finish her book and also get the happy ending she deserved. But we also got that one very important question on our minds answered: who was the narrator this whole time?

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Jane the Virgin series finale.

While many fans theorized about the true identity of the Jane the Virgin narrator, last night we got our answer: Mateo, aka Mr. Sweet Face. 

Fans have been theorizing about the narrator’s identity since the show began, but they became a lot more transfixed with finding out who it was when the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin premiered earlier this year. Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman had previously said that JTV fans would find out who the narrator was “at the end of the series… [as] part of the last two scenes.” She was truly saving the best for the last. 

“Throughout the whole series there have been clues peppered, and there are things that are specific about the way the narrator is relating to people in the world–the things that he says,” Snyder Urman said of the big reveal. “There’s always the feeling of the narrator being in control of the story. There’s a constant reminder that this is a telenovela… We’ve known it in our heads, which has made it easy to track those things throughout.” 

Previously JTV fans had suspected of other potential narrators including Jane’s grandfather Mateo, Jane’s father Rogelio, or even Jane herself.

During last week’s episode, someone on Twitter even introduced the idea that perhaps the narrator could be Esteban Santiago (Rogelio’s frenemy), because while Sin Rostro had Jane captive, “the flower fell by him dramatically and then later Raf somehow knew where Jane was.” But of course, Esteban didn’t turn out to be our narrator. 

It’s also important to note that JTV creator Snyder Urman confirmed with Vanity Fair that Mateo’s role was always meant to be this. “He was always going to be the narrator,” she said. 

So this whole time, Mateo was retelling the story of how his parents fell in love as Jane Villaneuva wrote it in her book?! Beautiful. Simply beautiful. 

As soon as the Jane the Virgin narrator was revealed to the whole wide world during the series finale, fans were shocked, surprised, and others completely saw it coming.

*cue the waterworks*

Fans were caught off guard as soon as the truth was revealed during Jane and Rafael’s wedding.

This was literally our face. Plus some tears. 

Another fan couldn’t understand why people were so surprised about this revelation.

I mean, how could we have known? It felt too good to be true. 

Some of us needed more time to really let it sink in.

And we were definitely ugly crying at the revelation.

However, some fans walked away from the big series finale reveal feeling unimpressed.  

Joanna Robinson, who writes for Vanity Fair, compared it to the Gossip Girl reveal (another show where we were left to guess and theorize over Gossip Girl actually was). Robinson added that the JTV narrator reveal “doesn’t make any sense.”

Fans thought it didn’t make sense (and that it felt a little weird) due to the sexual nature of some scenes that had to be narrated on JTV.

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These fans thought that it would be a little weird that Mateo–even as an adult–narrate storylines about Jane’s orgasms or about Alba using a vibrator. But if he’s just reading off of the book his mother wrote about her life, why would it be weird?

Another fan noticed that in Chapter 98 of JTV, the narrator hinted at his sexuality–insinuating that he’s gay. 

In this chapter of JTV, Rogelio is trying to persuade his baby momma Darci to move to New York, telling her it would be a good move for her dating business, “Did you know that New York has the most single people?” To which the narrator says, “Ooh. I should move there.” But quickly, the narrator backtracks on that statement when Rogelio says “single women outnumber single men.” 

During Chapter 99 of JTV, where the characters and actors spoke about the trajectory of the show, we also got a glimpse of the man behind the voiceovers.

Twitter immediately began to swoon over Anthony Mendez. 

Now, excuse us while we watch Jane the Virgin from the beginning and this time, envision Mr. Sweet Face as the narrator. 

Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming “Gotta Kick it Up”

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Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming “Gotta Kick it Up”

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It is possible that Disney has, yet again, out-done itself. On Tuesday, Disney finally launched its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+, the subscription-based platform that is set to release over 600 titles to their customers for $6.99 a month. The buzz around this service has long been building, with people expressing their excitement at the release of their long-forgotten childhood favorites since Disney+’s Twitter account tweeted out all of the titles that would become available on its launch.

For nostalgic millennials who grew up watching Disney Channel Original Movies, the premiere of this service has been nothing short of life-changing. People are taking to their social media feeds to express their excitement over forgotten favorites like “Smart House”, “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century”, and “Don’t Look Under the Bed”. But the movie that Latinas are most excited about re-watching? “Gotta Kick It Up”. 

For those of you who need a refresher, “Gotta Kick it Up” was a 2002 Disney Channel original movie that starred America Ferrera.

The movie follows a group of middle school girls who are trying to form a dance team in Los Angeles in the face of budget cuts. Scrambling for a coach, the girls turn to their biology teacher, Ms. Bartlett, to whip them into shape. Like any underdog tale, the aspiring dance team starts off as a mess, but with a lot of hard work, the girls soon start to believe in themselves. Through the course of the movie, the girls learn how to put their differences aside and work together to eventually qualify for nationals. 

The Disney Channel movie was notable for not only having a primarily Latinx cast (which is a rarity even today), but for featuring baby-faced versions of successful Latina actresses like America Ferrera and Camille Guaty. Not only that, but the movie’s climax featured a rad dance scene that little girls everywhere tried to imitate in their living rooms (seriously–look it up).

“Gotta Kick It Up” was groundbreaking for its depiction of Latinx life that wasn’t centered on harmful stereotypes or cliche stories.

The movie was written by Meghan Cole, and was based on her experience as a Teach for America teacher at Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. The decision to make these Latina students normal teens was a deliberate choice, according to Cole. “I wanted to have a Latino movie, with Latino kids doing great things,” she told The New York Times. “Not being stereotypical kids creating havoc”. Cole also expressed her desire for the movie to “portray positive teenage Latino role models and stress the importance of after-school programs”. 

But arguably “Gotta Kick It Up”‘s greatest legacy was teaching a legion of youngsters the phrase “Sí, se puede!” as well as the history behind it. At one point during the movie, the girls are doubting themselves and their chances of winning the upcoming dance competition. In response, Daisy, the movie’s protagonist, tells the girls a brief history of her grandmother’s involvement in the Chicano movement and tells them about how Cesar Chavez’s rallying cry “Sí, se puede!” served to strengthen and unify the Mexican-American community. Throughout the movie, the girls repeat the phrase whenever they’re happy, doubtful, or scared. 

Of course, Latinas on Twitter are not hesitating to shout from the rooftops the the return of “Gotta Kick It Up” to our TV screens.

It’s always exciting to be reminded of something that was so integral to your childhood that you may have forgotten about. The fact that Latinas can watch this movie again, as well as share it with a younger generation, is worth celebrating.

This Latina gave the entire Twitterverse a very informative PSA about Disney+’s movie catalog: 

Not all heroes wear capes.

This person had very specific requirements for the conditions under which they’d pull out their wallet for yet ANOTHER streaming service:

Honestly, the service could cost $50 a month and we would shell out the money for a chance to be able to watch this cinematic masterpiece on repeat.

This person knows that his money is being spent on only the most important things in life:

Sometimes, you’ve got to be honest with yourself and decide what your priorities are in life. And sometimes, those priorities are binge-watching Disney Channel Original Movies all day.

This Latina became emotional about the impact that “Gotta Kick It Up” had on her when she was younger:

Yet somehow, it’s frustrating to know that not that much project has been made for Latinx representation in the media almost 15 years later.

Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Hello Upper East siders, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite is coming back. The early 2010s series based around a group of filthy rich, super privileged —and mostly white— teenagers is the latest victim of the reboot contagion. We hear that the brand new reimagining of the show, will feature more people of color, as well as queer content —and hopefully…there will be no disappointing finale like last time.

Manhattan’s scandalous elite is back at it with the drama and intrigue.

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The group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York who couldn’t hide any secrets from the ruthless and anonymous blogger ‘Gossip Girl’ is coming back! —If you were a teen at the time, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Gossip Girl marked an entire generation of fashion-obsessed teens —Serena’s bouncy blonde hair and Blaire’s signature headbands were all over Tumblr and Pinterest, they were ‘friendship goals’ before the term was even invented.

During Vulture Festival last week, Joshua Safran, the producer and writer behind the revival series, revealed that the reboot will be a lot more diverse and that all the leads will be nonwhite.

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““There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

Safran was unable to share more about the twist, but it has been confirmed that the reboot is set to take place at Constance Billard School. 

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The show creators are taking us back to the halls of Constance Billard (!!!) and we can’t wait to find out who will be Queen B this time around. Who are the queen’s minions? Will we still see them sitting on the stairs of the MET?

For the new series, Safran wants to delve deeper into the current relationship that teens have with social media and how it affects them. 

HBO Max reports that the reboot “will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. “I’m just also interested in high school juniors having a million Twitter and Instagram followers, you know? What is that like? Which was not at all possible the first time around? I just feel like there’s so much to look at,” Safran explained. He also shared that there is a possibility that the original cast might return due to the fact that the show is set at the same school. And we cannot wait to find out what Blair and Serena have been up to.

Although many details are being kept secret, one major piece of news has finally been confirmed. 

According to TV Line, Kristen Bell will be returning to reprise her role as the series’ iconic narrator. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” said Josh Schwartz, one of the creators of the show, during a summer press tour. 

Hopefully, this time around, the grand finale doesn’t turn out to be a disappointing one.

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And though it’s been seven years since the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed in the 2012 series finale —yes, I’m keeping count— fans are still shaken to their core by the revelation that (spoiler alert!) Dan Humphrey was behind the blog all along. The announcement of the reboot sparks a little beacon of joy in my heart, in hopes that this time, the show will be more inclusive, diverse and that it won’t mess up the ending for us all yet again.

An official premiere date for the new HBO Max version of Gossip Girl is yet to be announced, so stay tuned while we wait for more details to surface. Xoxo, GG.