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Fans Are All Over The Internet Giving ‘Vida’ So Much Love And Praise For Their Unapologetic Representation

Creator of Starz’ “Vida,” Tanya Saracho, is a gift to Latino-Americans, specifically Mexican-Americans. While most of us have our favorite shows in English and others in Spanish, “Vida” is for those of us who navigate both worlds.

Season 2 just dropped and Saracho is giving us less chisme and more ganas. Emma and Lyn aren’t just navigating the social expectations of Mexican culture and American culture. Emma has “a wide range of what she can get off to” and is refusing the ‘baby queer’ labels for not conforming to any kind of ‘queer’ presentation. Lyn has the “limpia of her life” and takes on a vow of celibacy to discover who she is without a man.

The internet has some words of advice for y’all about “Vida” Season 2 and it can’t wait.

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When the gente tell Lyn to “stick with being beautiful,” she comes at them with Millenial Lotería. She is not going to just sit there and let people tell her who she is and who she is supposed to be.

Don’t watch this show with your mami.

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You want your mami to watch it, but, por favor, do it on your own time. The season opener features Lyn participating in and then growing bored of a spontaneous orgy.

We love seeing Latinas being the protagonist in a sex scene.

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While Season 1 did give us a scene where Lyn was the ‘exotic Latina’ in an all-white, Beverly Hills party, we saw her discomfort with it. In Season 2, Lyn and Emma are steering their own sexual fantasies. This is something all of the fans can get behind.

We also get a new character. Meet Nico.

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In the trailer, we saw Nico as the cowgirl giving a Best Man’s toast at a wedding. Never could we have expected to have fallen in love with her character so fast.

She quickly helped provide another relationship and layer of love to the already incredible story of “Vida.”

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We stan an Emma who can walk into a wedding with one date, dump her after being roasted, and walk out with another crush. We ship #Emmico. #Nicemma?

This is what queer content looks like, y’all.

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The handwashing is so crucial, everyone. There isn’t a lesbian who doesn’t expect this simple courtesy IRL that we never see on screen. A beautiful, authentic touch, Saracho.

Saracho is intentional about these nuanced Latino moments.

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The series is about a lot of things–gentrification, queerness and all the intersections in between. Of Emma being accused of being a ‘tourist’ in the queer world by refusing to label herself and rarely being recognized as one of the ‘gente’ on the block. It’s about belonging and creating that space for yourself amongst the mores of Mexican culture.

“Vida” shows the only way to navigate all this: be strong like Emma.

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You’re going to have to recognize what’s happening and give off que carajo vibes. During a brilliant scene where Emma is one of the only femme-presenting people at a queer table, Saracho gives us a glimpse into the realities of femme invisibility in the community. They’re often questioned as “really gay,” and when Emma won’t identify and is roasted for it–se fue.

The internet is raising a glass to Emma and her incredible character development.

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Her character is so much of what we all want to be in the face of ignorance, of being “not Latina enough” or “white enough.” We’re all walking that line, and we like the way Emma walks it.

“Also – Mari is totally me at 22 falling for fake woke dudes…”

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Twitter user @Amanda_parris said it right: “This weekend I started watching #VidaSTARZ and I am OBSESSED. A show all about Latinx community  dealing with grief, queer identity, class and gentrification + a strong dose of SERIOUS eye candy…why was I sleeping?”

Tanya Saracho is currently developing “Brujas,” so there is life to look forward to after Vida.

First, keep rewatching the show and share it with your friends. We need views to guarantee a third season.

Saracho herself says it best when it comes to the importance of “Vida.”

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Then, look out for “Brujas” which is what we all probably expected The CW’s “Charmed” reboot to be. Gracias a Saracho.

READ: The ‘Vida’ Trailer Is Here And It’s Beautifully Queer And So Exciting

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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In 2019, comedian and actor Kevin Hart received a torrential downpour of heat from fans after a series of homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made in the past had been recovered and publicized. As a result, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ousted him from his position as host of the Oscars that year and fans demanded that he issue a mea culpa. After a day, Hart tweeted an apology to the LGBTQ community but later announced that he was reconsidering stepping down as host after comedian Ellen DeGeneres expressed support for Hart to do so. At the time, DeGeneres defended Hart and called the Academy to rally for Hart to be able to host again.

Around that time, DeGeneres also hosted Hart on her show and urged him to ignore the backlash he’d received. At the time, DeGeneres dismissed his critics as “haters.”

Now it seems that Hart feels that it’s his turn to defend DeGeneres.

In the wake of allegations and criticism about the show’s toxic workplace culture as well as DeGeneres’s role in facilitating it, Hart took to Instagram on Tuesday to say that he will love the comedian “for life.”

“It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly,” the actor wrote in a post featuring the two stars smiling together on her show. “I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f—— planet. She has treated my family and team with love and respect from day 1.”

“The internet has become a crazy world of negativity… we are falling in love with people’s downfall. It’s honestly sad..” Hart continued. “When did we get here? I stand by the ones I know and that I love. Looking forward to future where we are back to loving one another… this hate s*** has to stop. Hopefully, it goes out of style soon…”

Hart finished his post writing that he does not mean “to disregard the feelings of others and their experiences.”

Hart continued writing that the point of his message is “simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life Ellen.”

Last week, DeGeneres addressed allegations about her show and apologized. “My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she explained. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Once again, the Emmy nominations have overlooked the Latino roles that made the years memorable. From Rita Moreno to Mj Rodriguez, there were roles the covered a lot of Latino culture, and yet there was no mention from the Emmys.

The Emmy nominations are out and it is another slap in the face to the Latino community.

Latino representation in Hollywood has been a major issue for decades. Recently, there has been more and more pressure to equalize the representation of media to better reflect society. However, the Emmys still don’t get it. Instead, the only Latino recognized by the Emmys is Alexis Bledel as a Guest Actress in a Drama for “A Handmaid’s Tale.”

However, the J.Lo/Shakira halftime show was nominated for four awards.

The halftime show made history with at least 1,300 calls to the FCC complaining of the perceived overly sexualized nature of the show. Now, the performance is nominated for outstanding variety special (live), outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding lighting design/direction for a variety special and outstanding music direction.

Yet, in the time of “One Day at a Time,” “Vida,” “Gentefied,” and “Pose” how did this happen?

There are so many shows highlighting the evergrowing representation of the complete Latino experience. There are obviously so much more to cover and bring to light, yet with the massive successes of the Latino-led shows right now, many are disappointed in the Emmys clear lack of representation.

“But not Rita Moreno, who has been killing it on One Day at a Time for four seasons. Not Laura Gómez, whose performance in Orange Is the New Black’s excellent final season was alternatively haunting and inspiring — and as timely as it gets,” Laura Bradley wrote for the Daily Beast about Bledel being the lone Latino acting nomination. “Not Melissa Barrera or Mishel Prada of Vida, a series that pushed past stereotypical Latinx stories to discuss deeper, more nuanced issues that pervade our community before it was canceled too soon.”

It is a frustrating reminder to the Latino community that so much work still needs to be done.

Latinos today have shows that they can point to as showing their experience. We have characters and actors we cling to because of their representation. The shows are also successful. “One Day at a Time,” for example, was removed for Netflix and a global effort started to save the show. Twitter was buzzing with people across the globe trying to get Netflix to reverse course on the sudden and devastating cancelation. Fortunately, Pop TV come through and saved the beloved show to keep bring us stories from the Alvarez family.

The Latino community deserves better and we need to keep making noise.

Latinos are a diverse and growing community in the U.S. We have stories that still need to be told and we have stories that are being told. They are being told with authenticity and passion. The lack of Latino representation at the Emmys is something that we are all very aware of. It is necessary to make sure that we all have a seat at the table.

Basically, it is time for the Emmys to do better.

Latino roles are out there and thriving. It is long past time for them to get the recognition they deserve.

READ: Indya Moore Told Reporters On The Red Carpet That They Do Not Identify As Latina And Here’s Why

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