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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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Despite The Quintanilla Family’s Protests, Telemundo Is Moving Forward With The ‘El Secreto De Selena’ T.V. Series

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Despite The Quintanilla Family’s Protests, Telemundo Is Moving Forward With The ‘El Secreto De Selena’ T.V. Series

Selena’s life has touched her fans ever since she hit the music scene. Her contagious smile and bubbly lyrics made her a favorite of both Spanish and English speaking music lovers alike. However, it is her death that has mystified the world for the past 24 years. Since that day in March of 1995, Selena’s fans have grieved the loss of the Queen of Tejano music and condemned the woman who took her life. Now, the story of her death and the following murder trial of her killer will be brought to US TV screens. 

Telemundo has announced their new series — “El Secreto de Selena” — that will explore the murder investigation and trial following Selena’s death. 

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The series is based on the bestselling book by Puerto Rican journalist Maria Celeste Arrarás. Back in 1995, Arrarás covered the trial of Yolanda Saldívar and also conducted a questionable interview with the former fan club president. The Quintanilla family has long been vocal against the accuracy of Arrarás book. 

In the past, sister Suzette has called it “based on a whole bunch of lies.” 

As such, the family was not involved with the production of this series. 

The family is involved, however, in a Netflix original series about the late star’s life. The untitled Selena project was announced at the end of 2018 and will begin production soon. 

Of course, it’s not that surprising considering the disputes they’ve had over Selena’s estate. 

Previously, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla and Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, have gone through litigation around the use of Selena’s likeness and story for any sort of media content. 

Back in 2016, Perez wanted to produce TV series based on his memoir “To Selena With Love.” The courts found in the Quintanillas’ favor and the series was scrapped. 

This controversial new series aired last year on Telemundo in Mexico and South America and will air in August in the United States.  

In the series, Mexican actress Sofía Lama plays Arrarás, who also serves as a producer for “El Secreto de Selena.” In her book, the journalist shows herself as a protagonist alongside Selena and Saldívar. As such, the series will follow this narrative and Arrarás character will have quite a bit of screen time. 

The role of Selena is played by Mexican actress Maya Zapata.

Zapata has acted in several television series and movies, including 2007’s “Bordertown” with Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez. Of course, Lopez’s first starring role as an actress was in the 1997 movie “Selena,” proving it really is a small world. 

Damayanti Quintanar plays Yolanda Saldívar.

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Los miedos hay que mirarlos a la cara.

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The former president of Selena’s San Antonio-based fan club, Saldívar was confronted by the Quintinilla family for embezzling funds from Selena’s clothing boutiques. After she was fired, she lured Selena to a Corpus Christi hotel, begging for the chance to talk. It was there that she shot and killed the music star. Saldívar is eligible for parole in 2025. 

Rounding out the ensemble cast, Venezuelan actor Daniel Elbittar portrays Selena’s husband Perez. The Quintanilla family is played by Jorge Zárate (Abraham), Baltimore Beltran (AB), Bárbara González (Suzette) and Úrsula Pruneda (Marcella).

The 13 episode run will first air in the States on August 25th with new episodes every Sunday. 

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The series will combine the acted script and real testimonials from Selena’s murder investigation and the trial of Saldívar. 

While we aren’t sure if this new series will tell us anything we don’t already know about Selena’s life and death, we are certain that it will be an emotional series for Selena fans to watch.  

‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

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‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

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Singer Kali Uchis is not having the most ideal summer. The American-Colombian artist is allegedly being sued by her former manager, Claire Bogle, who worked for Uchis since 2016. Court documents show that Bogle alleges Uchis didn’t pay her 20 percent of her $1.5 million earnings. But just because she’s embroiled in legal issues, doesn’t mean Uchis is going to let that damper her charity work. The singer is coming through as the headliner for the 2019 Selena for Sanctuary concert, a

Kali Uchis is slated to perform at the third annual Selena For Sanctuary concert in New York City.

“Honored to be headlining Selena for Sanctuary this year. creating safe spaces& raising funds for immigrants; celebrating our roots, & our journeys, all while paying tribute to the inspirational icon Selena. tix are free but all donations & money raised there will support Make The Road NY Organization. c u there,” she said on Instagram.

Since 2017, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants.

Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show will go to Make The Road NY. Their mission is to provide “Legal and Survival Services,” develop “Transformative Education,” and help with “Community Organizing.”

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer?” Muñoz told Remezcla in an interview in 2017. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Munoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. The New York City event will be part of Central Park’s Summerstage concert series and it is the second year that the event is happening in NYC.

“Thank you to every single artist + team a part of this. this line up honors how amazing and diverse our Latinx community in music is right now,” Muñoz wrote on Instagram. “This series started out of urgency early 2017, and to see where it has grown feels like all my dreams are coming to life. 
ALSOOOO WE’RE BECOMING AN OFFICIAL NON PROFIT THIS YEAR Y’ALL 😭.”

Other performers this year also include Cuco.

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“YOOOO! So excited to announce being a part of Selena for Sanctuary’s second year in NYC!!! Come out to Central Park August 18th to support our immigrant community in need,” Cuco posted on Instagram. “From personal experiences and coming from a family of immigrants, it’s so important to me that you come and get informed of the struggles going on in our current climate (but also have fun remembering Selena). Love you all ♥️”

It just goes to show that so many people in our community are being impacted by immigration and the immigration policies. Thankfully, Selena for Sanctuary is giving these people and families hope.

Helado Negro will also use his music to bring attention to the struggles of migrants.

“Solidarity for Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts,” Helado Negro posted on Instagram. “See you all at the park. :)”

IV Jay, Ambar Lucid, Jasper Bones, The Santuario House Band with music direction by Adrian Quesada, are also scheduled to be performing as well. 

We’re especially looking forward to a performance by Selena’s nephew Principe Q!

“Honored that I was invited to play this FREE event in August 🙏🏽 Selena was all about giving back to her community,” Svani Quintanilla said on Instagram. “It’s beautiful to see such a big event giving back to a bigger community in her honor.”

We assume that this special honor means so much more since he is playing in honor of his tía as well. What a sweet moment for a family to see things coming full circle.

The free show will take place on August 18, at 8 p.m., at Central Park in New York City. Click here for more information. 

READ: If This Single Is Any Indicator, Kali Uchis New Album Is Going To Be Lit

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