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Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

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After three seasons, and minimal publicity, Netflix did not renew “One Day At A Time” for a fourth season.

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The streaming service claimed that there were not enough people watching the show to justify a fourth season telling the story of the Alvarez family. The show gave representation and touched on topics that are so important for the Latino and Cuban communities. The decision by Netflix is a heartbreaking one that has left all “One Day At A Time” fans confused, disappointed, and, unfortunately, not surprised.

Netflix is being dragged on Twitter for the lack of publicity they did to promote the show.

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Netflix users would be hard pressed to find examples of Netflix promoting shows like “One Day At A Time” or “Sense8” with the same fervor as shows like “Fuller House.” Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews about the “Full House” reboot, the show lasted for five seasons on Netflix. Meanwhile, “One Day At A Time” received glowing reviews and a lot of support for a renewal and couldn’t get a fourth season.

For a moment, let’s imagine that Netflix put the same amount of promotion for “One Day At A Time” as they did for “Roma”? One can only imagine that the numbers they are seeking would materialize.

“One Day At A Time” scored perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the second and third season.

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Out of 84 TV seasons with 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” produced two of them. The show proved to be a well-oiled vessel for representing a population often overlooked while tackling the issues that matter.

The Alvarez’s are a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles and, as such, deal with the dichotomy of growing up in a multi-generational, immigrant home. The way old-school ideals by Lydia Reira butted up against the modern views of Elena Alvarez were so real to many audience members.

Most evident is the way Lydia was able to come to terms with her granddaughter coming out as gay. This storyline is so personal for the queer audience the show was able to cultivate through Elena and her journey of self-acceptance.

Cast members of the show took to Twitter to share the news with their fans.

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Isabella Gomez is the woman who brought Elena Alvarez to life and always took her role seriously. Not only did she want to a good job as Elena, Gomez wanted to make sure that the queer storyline she was presenting as a non-queer actor was accurate and respectful of the community she was in charge of representing.

“I realized from the beginning that if I want to tell this story accurately, I was going to have to take in as many experiences as possible and learn from them,” Gomez told Out Magazine. “I also think it’s that the fans are so incredible and I get messages from them about their own journeys daily and I read all of them. That’s given me so much insight into what their lives are like, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m constantly learning, but most importantly, the writers that write Elena are LGBTQ and have had these experiences.”

Gloria Calderón Kellett poured her heart and soul into the show as a co-showrunner, writer, and basically everything for the show.

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This show was a special moment in the Netflix history and it would be good for them to realize the power this show has. Lydia is an accurate and non-caricatured version of a loving and sometimes inappropriate Cuban abuelita. Penelope Alvarez gave a voice to military veterans struggling with mental health and trauma from serving their country as a single mother.

“Luckily, I believe in miracles,” Calderón Kellett tweeter. “So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.”

However, no matter how the cast and crew try to reassures fans that it is okay, people are most certainly not letting Netflix move on quietly.

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In response to the news from Netflix, #SaveODAAT has started trending. Not only are people trying to plead with Netflix to reconsider, others are calling on Hulu, Amazon, and other companies to swoop in and save the show. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled from Fox and got picked up by NBC. We can only hope that another company will be smart enough to snatch up “One Day At A Time.”

Not to mention the optics of canceling inclusive shows with representation in the current societal climate.

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The same arguments were made when “Sense8” was canceled despite a strong fanbase. Not to mention that Netflix recently made the decision to drop $80 million to stream “Friends” in 2019.

Fans want Netflix to understand that the show was delivering something more than just a sitcom.

This show was a window into our worlds being led by someone from the community who lived the experience. It is the representation behind and in front of the camera that people have been calling for from Hollywood and Netflix did it only to cancel it.

While this is a sad day, we can only hope someone somewhere will wake up and save this show from disappearing for good.

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Minorities are always fighting for better representation. Our projects are usually the first to fall when money and numbers are discussed. It is important that we continue to hold production companies, networks, and streaming services responsible. We need to demand the respresentation we want to see.

If you want to let Netflix know what you think about “One Day At A Time” being canceled, you can call them at 1 (866) 579-7172.

READ: Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez continues her reign as a Netflix producer with Living Undocumented. It is always great when celebrities use their platforms to enrich and educate. Gomez has a huge platform and can generate huge numbers. 13 Reasons Why blew Netflix’s expectations out of the water, and I can’t help but think it’s because of Gomez’s enormous Instagram following. The girl has reach. 

As you might have guessed, Living Undocumented is a documentary series that follows the lives of undocumented immigrants as they navigate life under the looming threat of increasingly cruel immigration policies and ICE raids.

Selena Gomez announces Living Undocumented on Instagram

“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2,” Gomez wrote.

Living Undocumented 

Living Undocumented will focus on eight undocumented families. Premiering on October 2nd on Netflix, the show will chronicle the families as they face possible deportation. The narratives will range from hopeful to infuriating, but the series will put a human face on a dehumanized group of people. 

It cannot be said again that the United States has always struggled with two contradictory narratives: the one where it is a beacon of hope for the tired, hungry, and poor, versus the one where it has upheld numerous racist and xenophobic immigration policies. This is an issue that predates Trumpito, even if he has kicked it into it’s most degrading form. 

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

Gomez is joined by executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady. Chai will also co-direct the series.

“Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”

Humanizing immigrants is key

People don’t just bring guns into Walmarts to kill 22 innocent humans beings for no reason. It is no secret that President Trump’s dehumanizing language was a catalyst for the El Paso shooting. The suspect whose name shall not be invoked told officers he was looking to kill “Mexicans.” Mexicans — the Latinxs Trump referred to as rapists and criminals. The mass murderer also said he wanted to stop a “Hispanic Invasion,” in his manifesto. Trump called Central Americans “invaders.” 

According to Pew Research Center, this year they found that 58 percent of Latinx adults say they experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Across all races and ethnic groups, two-thirds of individuals surveyed say that expressing racist views has become more common since Trump was elected. 

This year, at a Trump rally, supporters were cheering about shooting immigrants. 

“How do you stop these people?” Trump asks. Then someone yelled back, “Shoot them.” Trump smiled. The crowd cheered. Three months later, the El Paso shooting took 22 lives.

“The language that criminalizes and makes Latinos out to be evil is affecting our own citizens and it’s going to have both short- and long-term consequences that we are starting to see in the Latino population,” Elizabeth Vaquera, an associate professor at George Washington University who studies vulnerable groups, told the Washington Post.

A Bipartisan Non-Issue Becomes A Partisan Issue

This immigration “issue” started off as a hoax but through Trump’s horrible policies he created this new immigration crisis. In 2017, when Trump took office, migrants arrested at the border were at the lowest level in three decades. 

Three former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrote in Politico, the border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

 “It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis.” 

Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 80 percent of Democrats view the fact that the majority of the United States will be nonwhite by 2045 as a good thing, while 61 percent of Republicans say it is bad. 

The barrage of harmful rhetoric has turned what was not even a problem into a national crisis with opinions straddling partisan lines, and a heightened hatred of Latinx people. Living Undocumented might be exactly what this country needs. 

In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

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In A Major Political Statement, Los Tigres Del Norte Play Concert For Inmates At Folsom Prison And It’s Captured In A Netflix Doc

Netflix just dropped an amazing documentary that follows the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte as they visit Folsom Prison in California, and perform for the inmates. Of course, this is a political act in itself: performing to those who are serving a sentence is going against conservative views that inmates should be isolated from society. This is particularly relevant in the Trump era, as convicted felons are stripped of their humanity in political discourse, oftentimes with racial and racist connotations. 

The famous Johnny Cash played a concert there 50 years ago, a great political statement at the time.

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Cash swore at and denounced the authorities in his groundbreaking performance at the Folsom Prison cafeteria. He was just spectacular, calling out mistreatment of prisoners and making inmates feel heard. Even though he didn’t go to prison himself, he often wrote songs about incarceration and received dozens of letters from prisoners. What a legend. The original Man in Black! 

Things have changed: over 40% of the inmates today are Latino. Enter Los Tigres del Norte.

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The prison population encountered by Cash was mostly Black and white, and only a few Latinos spent their days behind Folsom’s bars. But the population is vastly different today, and Latino faces are seen everywhere. For the concert, Los Tigres dressed in black, honoring the memory of Cash. “Doing this job inside the prison is a very significant thing for us. We sing true stories and everything we’ve recorded we try to make it from the pure heart, taken from the feelings of the human being,” said Jorge Hernandez, vocalist and accordionist, to CD Noticias Financieras. 

And they opened the show with their own version of the iconic Johnny Cash song “Folsom Prison Blues.”

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The documentary starts with full engines on. Los Tigres, with the Cash family blessing, reimagined “Folsom Prison Blues” and gave it a Mexican saborcito that is just a delight. The banjo is replaced by the iconic accordion and the inmates shed a tear when listening to the story in Spanish: a man is imprisoned in Folsom and listens to a train full of rich people go by. He knows he will never be on that train and that he will die behind bars.

As reported by CE Noticias Financieras: “The first single from the album, ‘La Prisión de Folsom (Folsom Prision Blues)’ is the first Spanish-language version of Johnny Cash’s classic song, created with the support of his son, John Carter Cash,and written in collaboration with Ana Cristina Cash,daughter-in-law of the artist”. 

Los Tigres del Norte sing about marginalized individuals.

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Their corridos, some of which are controversial for humanizing cartel members, talk of rags to riches stories, but also of the many perils faced by undocumented migrants. Many prisoners at Folsom could relate. Ay, dolor. 

And the documentary shows plenty of heartbreaking stories.

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Songs such as “La jaula de oro” (about an undocumented worker feeling trapped un the United States) are intercut with the inmates’ own stories of regret, redemption and loss. The first half focuses on the male population while the second explores the lives of female inmates. Many of them have found redemption in religion, while others have had to dig deep into their family past to unearth the reasons behind their crimes. 

But there are also stories of redemption.

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The most teary and joyful moment of the documentary comes when a prisoner who used to be a musician shares the stage with Los Tigres. He gets the self respect he has been fighting his demons for since he was imprisoned for murder. It is a tender moment in which he probably gained the respect of all the other reclusos as well. 

Many inmates were put there because of the three-strike rule.

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Some of the stories point to a fundamental fault in the system whereby no matter how small your crime is, if you got other two convictions under your belt you end up in jail. Harsh and also a rule that seems to target marginalized communities that don’t get enough help to straighten the path.

Los Tigres spent some quality time with the inmates, showing us that we all deserve a second chance.

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Los Tigres del Norte have been blamed for glorifying crime and his songs have been banned in places like the Mexican state of Chihuahua. However, by seeing them laugh with and hug a group of inmates we realize that they are just able and willing to find human kindness in everyone. Sometimes, they say, all someone needs is to be heard. 

Of course, social media is going crazy about the documentary, particularly during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Even though the documentary has only been available for a few days, Twitter has exploded with positive reviews. 

The music is almost irrelevant compared to the strong political message “Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison” sends.

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And people are noticing. The documentary will surely spark discussions around the penitentiary system in the United States and the lives of Latinos in the face of inequality. 

And it is bringing families together.

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Can we join you and sing hasta el amanecer

And of course it is giving la raza all the feels.

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We are right there with you, Gabinha. 

Puro Orgullo Mexicano!

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Gracias, Netflix.