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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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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

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The Black and Afro-Latina Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Discuss #BlackLivesMatter

The drag queens on the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race discussed the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the previous episode and it was real. They talked about the ways they were active during the protests last summer and what it means to be a queer person of color in the U.S. today.

Kandy Muse gave the conversation an Afro-Latina perspective.

While the queens were putting on their makeup in the workroom, LaLa Ri from Atlanta, brought up the topic of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. New York’s “Dominican Doll” Kandy Muse was the first to speak on her involvement in the protests.

“Being an Afro-Latino from the south Bronx, when I see Black people being murdered by police, it just puts so many things into perspective,” Muse said. “Fighting for Black lives and all those things are very, very important to me.”

Symone reminded the other queens of George Floyd’s murder by the police.  

Symone, who hails from LA, reminded her season 13 sisters that the murder of George Floyd last May by the police is what sparked the protests throughout the country.

“It’s sad that he to- that that had to happen, but I’m happy that people are waking the f*ck up because it’s always been there,” Symone said.

As a Black queen, Symone spoke to the trauma that Black people were facing with video of George Floyd’s murder being replayed in the media.

“Even with [the] corona[virus] going on, I felt immediately compelled to be involved in protests here in Los Angeles because enough is enough,” Symone recalled. “Things need to change.”

Lala Ri put some light on Rayshard Brooks‘ murder by the police.

During the discussion, LaLa Ri brought up that the murder of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendys in Georgia happened very close to their home.

“It kind of just really hit me that I could easily be in that drive-thru, and there’s a situation where they can pull me over just because I look like I don’t belong in that type of car,” LaLa Ri said.

As LaLa Ri relived that realization, she got emotional talking about it on the show.

“You could just be a Black person in the world and you could just get killed for nothing,” the queen said in tears. “It’s scary that you could just be killed just because of the color of your skin.”

Olivia Lux, an Afro-Puerto Rican queen from New Jersey, also mentioned how Black trans women are being murdered at a high rate.

“Statically Black trans lives at the most at risk,” Olivia Lux said.

Tamisha Iman wrapped things up with the words of John Lewis.

Tamisha Iman, a Black queen from Georgia, evoked the words of late Georgia Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis to wrap up the conversation.

“Get in some good trouble!” the Georgia queen said in an empowering moment.

The clip was uploaded to RuPaul’s Drag Race YouTube channel on Feb. 1 in honor of Black History Month. Be watch the full video to see more of this necessary conversation.

READ: Denali is Serving Mexicana Representation on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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