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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. 

Cast Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Intervenes On New Cast Member’s Behalf After Online Trolls Get Out Of Control

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Cast Of Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Intervenes On New Cast Member’s Behalf After Online Trolls Get Out Of Control

13 Reasons Why: Season 3 Kiss Scene!!! Grace Saif and Clay Jensen

Grace Saif deleted her Instagram after “13 Reasons Why” fans bullied her relentlessly. Fans of the show didn’t like the new character Ani, who is played by Saif, and misplaced that hatred by harassing her on social media. Saif’s bullying comes in the wake of aggressive “stan culture,” particularly aimed at women and women of color. 

When misogyny and anti-blackness mixes, we call that misogynoir and many felt Saif has become victim to it. While there is a lot to say about fans who cannot separate the actress from her character, it is much easier for fans to characterize a black woman as unlikeable.

Why don’t “13 Reasons Why” fans like Grace Saif? [*Spoilers Ahead*]

Season 3 introduced viewers to Saif’s Ani Achola, who is a new student at Liberty High School and the omniscient narrator. Fans did not find Ani’s character convincing but this was largely due to plot holes. Viewers didn’t understand how a new girl at school knew so much about students at Liberty, and they weren’t sold on her storyline regarding Bryce’s death.

Rather than crediting the writers for a lackluster season, they targeted Saif on social media and accused her of ruining the show. 

Grace deletes Instagram and makes Twitter private.

The online abuse became so difficult she decided to cut off the source. While we won’t be sharing many of the harassing Tweets and comments on social media because why share that hatred, they so ubiquitous you’ve probably already seen a few in your feed.

There’s a long history of harassing women actresses on social media. 

Daisy Ridley who plays Rey in the latest Star Wars reboot deleted all her accounts and said she would never return to social media due to misogynist bullying in 2017. Meanwhile, her Star Wars co-star Kelly Marie Tran faced a similar fate after experiencing anti-Asian and misogynist bullying in 2018. 

Women who are a part of a series with a rabid fanbase tend to be larger targets of bullying and if they are women of color or queer it is so much worse. In July, Candice Patton who portrays Iris West on The Flash experienced so much racist bullying by fans who can’t deal with Barry Allen having a black wife, her co-star Grant Gustin had to step in to shut things down

But the rest of us aren’t putting up with bullying.

Saif’s co-star Timothy Granaderos Jr., who plays Monty de la Cruz, spoke out against the ongoing harassment and encouraged fans to chill out. 

“Hey Y’all, just a reminder. Whether or not you support, like, or love, a character in our fictional tv show—please remember that there is a talented and beautiful actor/actress bringing those scripted words to life,” Granaderos Jr. wrote on Instagram. “One of the underlining themes in our show is to take care of each other. I’ve seen some pretty nasty things being said online, concerning the introduction of a new character. Y’all are passionate & we love you for that, but PLEASE PLEASE try to be kind and respect the work of the talented actress/actor behind the character. Love y’all & keep taking care of each other.”

Anne Winters who plays Chloe Rice told People the backlash against Ani was unwarranted. “Ani is amazing, Grace who plays Ani is like the sweetest girl ever. I really loved her character this season,” she said. 

Fans on social media showed support for Grace Saif.

“I stand with grace saif. so now people’s reason for abusing another BW is for being so bomb at her job she convincingly plays a multi-layered, complex character? we cannot win. you haters can duck out. grace keep shining we got you boo,” tweeted @JazleeJones.

Oh, the irony…

“I wasn’t really rocking w Ani in #13ReasonsWhy but I find it cruel how y’all bullied this woman until she deleted all her accounts! It’s just a show guys. Hell yeah her character was annoying but y’all forget that this shit isn’t real @gracesaif I hope you’re doing fine,” one fan wrote.

And this whole thing is ironic because the series “13 Reasons Why” aims to address difficult issues including bullying. 

Many felt that fans missed the entire point of the series by harassing Saif.

“The irony here… it stinks. First you 13RW fans fight against bullying. Now you (not everyone) are bullying an actress who played someone you didn’t like. I’ve seen Ani and most of all Grace Saif receive more hate than Bryce and Justin Prentice. You guys are disgusting,” another fan pointed out.  

However, the Netflix show, whose main demographic is teens, has come under fire multiple times, for glamourizing behaviors on the show like suicide and sexual assault rather than examining or condemning them, by psychologists and mental health experts. 

Whether the show is good or not has nothing to do with Grace Saif. Stop the misogynoir! 

Disney + Just Announced It’s Producing A Miss America Series And Turns Out They’re 100% Delivering On Diversity

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Disney + Just Announced It’s Producing A Miss America Series And Turns Out They’re 100% Delivering On Diversity

Not everyone gets to be a superhero and the comic book world reminds us of that, when it comes to media, representation and inclusion are lacking. We don’t always get to see Black or brown superheroes grace the glossy pages of a comic book that perhaps might turn into a movie down the road. Let alone do we get to see LGBTQ+ identifying superheroes.

 But in recent years, we’ve seen a lot more diversity in these spaces with Marvel who has been leading the charge. 

According to Geeks WorldWide, MarvelStudios has just confirmed that they’re in the early stages of development for “Miss America,” a teen superhero series that centers an openly lesbian and Latina superhero named America Chavez.

Earlier this summer, during Comic-Con in San Diego, it was reported that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie — the character she plays in the Thor films — would become the MCU’s first LGBTQ superhero in the upcoming installment. After Thompson alluded to the LGBTQ storyline, Marvel president confirmed the news. 

Now, we’re excited to see another LGBTQ superhero in the Marvel universe with America Chavez. Marvel Studios will be developing the Miss America series on the Disney+ streaming service, set to launch later this year in November. 

However, it’s not the first time you’ve seen or heard of America Chavez. In October 2017, she got her own solo series written by author Gabby Rivera and illustrated by Joe Quinones, titled “America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez.” This volume was followed by “America Vol. 2: Fast and Fuertona” in April of 2018. Additionally, America Chavez has also been featured as a team member of the Ultimates in 2015. The Ultimate is made up of Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spectrum, and Blue Marvel. She’s also best friends with the archer, Kate Bishop.

Now, for all you comic book newbies who might not know, America Chavez is a Latina superhero who was raised by two mothers in another dimension called Utopia. 

America’s power set includes her signature ability which lets her open portals into different realities.

It’s also been reported that America’s fellow Young Avengers will also be coming to Marvel Studios. According to other reports, there have been rumors that characters like Galactus and Blue Marvel will be heading to the MCU. This hints at a Ultimates team-up in the future. 

When the Miss America comic books first released, people wondered how a superhero. who comes from an alternate dimension, identifies as Latinx. Honestly, it’s a perfectly reasonable question. 

What we do know is that during her childhood she lived in the Utopian Parallel, which is a paradise dimension that’s populated entirely by women. 

Charles Pulliam-Moore, who writes for Kotaku, broke it down for us. According to Pulliam-Moore, America Chavez’s origins have always been complicated and difficult to explain. Not a lot of information about her past has been made public since her creation, so there’s not a lot to go off of. But Pulliam-Moore goes on to help us make sense of her origins. 

According to the synopsis in Kotaku, Princess America was destined to become the “savior of her people” but when she learned her two mother’s had died, she ran away from her home dimension. 

It was never really clear what happened to America after she left the Utopian Parallel.

But in the latest comic book written by Gabby Rivera, we’re presented with “the most logical of answers: America ended up in the Bronx.” According to Rivera in volume 3 of Miss America, after leaving the Utopian Parallel, America Chavez “stumbles onto a Puerto Rican family’s barbecue and, even though she’s a stranger to them, they immediately accept her into the family and begin to help America define who she is.” 

America Chavez eventually also leaves the Bronx in order to help other communities “established by the earth’s Latinx diaspora who, little by little, contribute to the unique ethnic identity that America now claims.” 

We can’t wait to see how Marvel Studios and Disney+ bring America Chavez’s story to life. We’re so excited to see Marvel finally opening up the MCU to include Latinx and LGBTQ+ characters, it’s definitely a step in the right direction and it will help their younger audiences see themselves in a positive and empowering light from a young age. 

In the meantime, read up on 15 other diverse heroes that we’d love to see be represented in the MCU up next. 

Now, we can’t help but wonder, who will be cast to play America Chavez?

Comment below and let us know your thoughts!