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People Can’t Get Enough Of How The Other Queens Reacted When Valentina Said She Was Similar To Selena

“Valentina, why do you think your fans came for the girls so strongly?”

The queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 9 recently met up for a reunion episode and it was as juicy and dramatic as fans have come to expect. Shade was thrown, reads were delivered, and RuPaul asked a few of the queens some necessary and must-know questions. One of those questions was directed at Valentina, who was asked to explain the strong reactions from some of her fans who sent some of the contestants death threats and angry messages after her elimination. Valentina, who won the fan-based votes for “Miss Congeniality,” gave Latinos the kind of representation on RuPaul’s Drag Race that hasn’t really been seen before. She owned her culture and showed it off from her first runway look, inspired by East L.A.’s Mariachi Plaza, to her velador de La Virgen de Guadalupe that she prayed to throughout the show.

“My following is very underrepresented in the media,” Valentina said at the reunion about the strong, and sometimes hateful reactions her fans showed to the other contestants on the show. “I represent something similar to what Selena represented in the 90’s: Chicano, Mexican, first-generation, talented. So, they’re overprotective of that and they’ll fight anybody. I don’t agree with that kind of behavior because it’s not the kind of person I am. I don’t approve that and I hope you guys know that.”

Aja’s face quickly became the reaction seen ’round the world.

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Alexis Michelle had something to add to Valentina’s response, saying, “But you never told [your fans to stop attacking us]. I called you. I Facetimed you, in tears, because of people telling me I should go kill myself because I’m so ugly and so fat and I should have volunteered to eliminate myself over your elimination.”

Peppermint also chimed in, saying she understands that Valentina does not condone nor partake in that behavior but has a responsibility as a role model to shut that kind of attitude down.

Aja’s face also became the reaction GIF to just about anything.

#ICONIC

People immediately reacted to her comment about representing what Selena represented.

To be fair, she did say that she represents something similar to what Selena represented. She didn’t say she was Selena.

Valentina didn’t say she was as famous Selena but that didn’t stop some fans from trying to drag her over the comment.

But, the reaction from Latinos on social media was very different and more understanding of the comment.

Others tried to help set the record straight.

Because, tbh, Valentina was always unapologetically Latina while on the “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” It did give our community some higher visibility on the show. For the first time, Latinxs saw themselves represented in the drag world like never before. Valentina rocked her accent unapologetically and gave her Mexican fans life with her culturally relevant fashion.

But that didn’t stop people from letting the world know what they think about Valentina’s Selena comment.

It legit seems like people are really bothered by the comment.

So, we want to ask you…

BONUS: Here’s a video of Valentina performing “Si Una Vez,” because: Selena.

"Si Una Vez" ?

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READ: Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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There Might Be A Selena Funko Pop Doll Coming Out In 2021 And It’s About Time

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Funko Pop dolls are a major part of American pop culture. We all have friends, family members, and coworkers who are avid Funko Pop collectors. Every major celebrity and character has been made into a Funko Pop doll and finally, at very long last, Selena is joining the lineup.

There is allegedly a Selena Funko Pop doll coming next year and fans are here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 it. 👏🏼

A list of all the Funko Pop dolls coming in 2021 has been released and it seems like Selena fans will finally be in the lineup. The Queen of Tejano music, who still rocks our playlists, will soon be available for you to buy and have sitting on your desk with all of your other Funko Pop friends.

Some people have already created what they think will be the Funko Pop Selena doll based on the description.

It is kind of amazing how we never, ever get tired of seeing Selena in that glittered purple jumpsuit. Her AstroDome concert will forever be one of the most iconic outfits ever worn by anyone ever. That is just a fact. We all recognize that specific purple jumpsuit as one of Selena’s most important looks of her career.

Fans are ready to pony up the cash for these dolls.

Businesses have learned in recent years just how important Selena is to the Latino community. She represents the first time we saw people who looked like us making a big name for themselves. Media had been so white for so long that it was incredible to see Selena taking the stage and breaking into mainstream culture.

The excitement to own the Selena Funko Pop doll is very palpable.

The entire fandom just screamed “Me siento muy…excited!” How is it that one of the most iconic singers of all time hasn’t been made into a Funko Pop doll yet? One question that is likely on everyone’s mind is how closely the Quintanilla family is to the project. We all know that they have to be involved in all things with Selena’s likeness so we all just want to know what’s up.

The 21st century has shaped up to be a major moment for Selena.

Her impact on the Latino community has far exceeded her time alive. She showed us that brown girls can do anything they want to do and that we belong. Selena’s legacy has transcended generations and is being passed on to younger Latinos and Latinas. It is something that we love to see because all of us deserve to know that we can do anything we put our minds to.

READ: Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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These Latinx ‘Drag Race’ Queens Are Reuniting For ‘Dragueando’ And It’s About Time

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These Latinx ‘Drag Race’ Queens Are Reuniting For ‘Dragueando’ And It’s About Time

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It’s no secret that drag and, in particular, drag queens have made their way into the mainstream. Much of their success is easily attributed to the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has helped catapult hundreds of queens into the spotlight.

However, according to many iconic queens from the series, not all are equally represented on the show. In fact, Alexis Mateo – one of the most popular queens from the series – has long spoken out regarding the treatment of its Latinx talent.

So it should be no surprise that three of the shows top Latinx drag queens have come together to launch Dragueando – a YouTube special all about Latina queens.

Three of ‘Drag Race’s’ top Latina queens have come together for a Latinx drag experience.

I’m not complaining at all but it seems like 2020 has come with a new season or spin-off of Drag Race every few weeks. First, we had the latest installment of All Stars, a special spinoff called Secret Celebrity Drag Race, then came Drag Race: Season 12, followed by Drag Race Canada and now Drag Race Holland is airing.

Like I said, I’m not complaining. But that’s a lot of drag. Thankfully, it’s not over yet. Three of the franchises top Latinx queens have banded together to create a new spin-off – Dragueando. Alexis Mateo, Jessica Wild, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine have teamed up to bring us the new special on YouTube and although there’s only been one episode so far, we can’t wait for whats next.

In addition to talking about all things Puerto Rican and drag, the YouTube special also sees the queens discuss Latinidad and drag. Later in the episode, Mateo congratulated the recent winners of the Drag Race series and spin-offs: Jaida Essence Hall, Shea Couleé, and Priyanka. She also paid tribute to season eight icon Chi Chi Devayne, who sadly passed away last month.

On Mateo’s YouTube channel, episode one of Dragueando is also titled “pilot,” so let’s hope there will be more where that came from. Maybe next time more of our favorite Latinx drag queens from Drag Race will be able to stop by.

The three queens involved in the new show are iconic veterans of the hit drag competition.

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All three of the queens involved in Dragueando have earned their spot in Drag Race herstory. The three queens, all Boricuas, have helped shine a light on Puerto Rico and its rich drag traditions.

Alexis Mateo is perhaps the most well-known of the three. She’s been a competitor on three seasons of Drag Race: season three, All-Stars 1, and All-Stars 5. During her latest run on the series, she made headlines for her incredible impression of astrology icon Walter Mercado during the show’s “Snatch Game” episode.

Fontaine, the self-proclaimed queen of “cucu” and the Miss Congeniality of Drag Race season eight, hosts the “Leida Educacional” section. For this first installment, she breaks down the history of five Latin American countries that celebrate their independence near Sept. 15: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Fontaine does this all while throwing a little shade at British drag queen Charlie Hides.

Wild, who was voted onto season two of Drag Race by massive fan demand, hosted the “Dandolo Todo” section. And she gave her all in learning a dance routine with Puerto Rican choreographers Prodigy Duo.

Alexis Mateo has long been outspoken about the need for better Latinx representation.

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Shortly after Alexis Mateo was booted off All Stars 5, a video resurfaced where the 40-year-old Puerto Rican queen was speaking out about the mistreatment of Latina queens on the show.

In the clip, Alexis cites her fellow latin sisters Nina Flowers (who she says should’ve won over Bebe Zahara Benet), Yara Sofia, and Jessica Wild, all who performed well throughout their seasons, and were still not given the opportunity to go all the way.

She also slammed other queens of Latin descent who were celebrated and well-loved despite not actually speaking Spanish or alluding to their heritage at all during their time on the show. She didn’t mention anyone in particular, but fans think it could’ve been in reference to Bianca Del Rio, who won season six. 

“I don’t care who your great-grandfather is,” she said. “For me, if you don’t speak Spanish, you’re not a Latino. Period, end of discussion. These roots are very important.”

Speaking of her rocky relationships on All Stars, she added: “For those of you who are at home celebrating Miz Cracker, stop being sell-outs. What we need is Latino support.

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