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This Lesbian Relationship In A Televisa Telenovela Is Setting Off A Firestorm Of Love And Support All Over Social Media

If you watch telenovelas, then you know #Juliantina. If not, let us tell you about Mexican novela “Amar a Muerte,” which aired for four months on Televisa. Juliana and Valentina made the first same-sex couple on a Mexican telenovela and fans want more.

In fact, a petition has garnered over 60,000 signatures asking Televisa for a spinoff series. “It has opened the door for our LGTBQ community to be more visible and accepted,” the petition states about Juliantina. “Its impact in Mexico and Latin America is becoming stronger and stronger.”

While actresses Macarena Achaga and Bárbara López don’t identify as queer, the fandom loves them.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a fan who finds this problematic, likely because the story seemed authentic. One fan particularly loved that their romance wasn’t meant for male viewers–it was a slow building romance with all the twists and turns of that real lesbian life.

And are pining for more content.

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One petition signer wrote that the spin-off is important because “We need more stories which identify we with. All our lives we have watched heterosexual novelas. At the same time it will help to make it more normal for parents.”

For lesbians, seeing a lesbian relationship that is mostly about these moments of intimacy is it.

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We’re not here for hypersexualized lesbian relationships as side plots in shows. The fandom is here to see what Juliantina’s happily ever after looks like.

These bellas have made waves in Latin America.

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Televisa gave Mexico a same-sex couple that is hard to hate–even for the haters. The actresses have even been on the cover of Cosmopolitan México.

Actually, they’ve made waves around the world.

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This British YouTuber couple recorded a reaction video to some of the most iconic scenes from “Amar a Muerte” and that video alone has half a million views.

Of course, this romance could only blossom after the cartel kidnapped Juliana’s mother.

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It is a telenovela. Still, fans want to see that moment where the two tell their grandchildren their love story. We want “The Notebook” meets Juliantina.

This fan toasted their treasured Ramadan ‘break the fast’ to #Juliantina.

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During a moment of delayed gratification, this fan was still thinking of Juliantina.

The petition has grown beyond just a spin-off.

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Jacqueline Marmolejo Contreras wrote on the Change.org petition that, “Que la visibilidad lésbica, así como la LGBT+ en general logre cambiar la heteronormatividad de la sociedad para que se vea el amor sin prejuicios, porque el amor es amor y a través de representaciones como Juliantina se ve y se puede lograr.”

Hundreds of #Juliantina fans are calling on ClexaCon to invite the couple.

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It’s the ultimate convention for all thing LGBTQ+ in Media and Entertainment, and Juliantina don’t have an invite.

Literally every Juliantina fan to Televisa and ClexaCon.

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Is this not a supply and demand market? Fans are yearning for content. Give the fans what they want.

In the meantime, Juliantina has a message for us.

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Or at least, Bárbara López does via Instagram: “Esto es para todas ustedes #juliantinas que sepan que las amo con todo mi corazón y las apoyo, pero sobre todo estoy agradecida con ustedes por darme tanto amor, por permitirme entrar en cada uno de sus corazones y hacerme parte de cada una de sus historias! #loveislove????Este mundo tiene que sentirse libre para amar. Este es un mensaje de agradecimiento y apoyo para cada un@ de ustedes. Gracias @amaramuerteoficial por permitirme darle vida a la Juliana y con ella hacerme más humana. #notgaybutsupportive”

Find “Amar a Muerte” streaming on Televisa.

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the historic role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico after a former Mexican army chief was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on drug charges at the request of the DEA.

The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested by the DEA on drug charges.

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepedas was the secretary of National Defense in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. President Lopez Obrador claims that the arrest is proof of corruption from past governments.

President Lopez Obrador used the arrest to criticize the U.S. government and the DEA.

President Lopez Obrador, speaking at a press conference in Oaxaca, claimed that there is a double standard. While Cienfuegos Zepedas has been arrested by the DEA, the president claims U.S. officials have not been held accountable for trafficking arms into Mexico to track them to the cartels. According to the president, Mexican officials are being held at a higher and harsher standard than U.S. officials.

“Why is it that it’s just the people in Mexico who took part in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these agencies in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said at the press conference. “They came into the country with complete freedom, they did whatever they wanted.”

The former defense minister’s arrest sent shockwaves through Mexico.

Cienfuegos Zepedas was the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be arrested in the U.S. with drug-related corruption. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport and will be facing drug and money-laundering charges. It’s been less than a year since Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

President Lopez Obrador wants to protect the military’s reputation.

Lopez Obrador also said he hopes that the armed forces aren’t blamed for this scandal and that Mexico must take care of institutions as important as the Secretary of National Defense. Mexico does not currently have an ongoing investigation of the retired general and will await the result of the U.S. investigation, according to the president of Mexico. 

Cienfuegos Zepedas is due to make a court appearance related to four charges in California on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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