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