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9 Times “Jane The Virgin” Got Latino Culture Right

Let’s talk about “Jane the Virgin,” shall we?

It’s so refreshing and wonderful to see Latino culture represented accurately on a television screen. And “Jane the Virgin” is actually a really damn good show — it kind of feels like you’re watching your own family saga. (Only, of course, slightly more telenovelishly.)


On that note, here are nine times that “Jane the Virgin” got Latino culture right:


1. Jane’s abuela speaks only Spanish.

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I grew up in a Puerto Rican household, and my abuelo and abuela never spoke English. In fact, my abuelo called all of my sisters “linda,” because it was easier than saying our names. The fact that Jane’s grandmother only speaks Spanish on the show and that we, as English-dominant viewers, understand her is a great touch to the show.


2. The show features an ever-evolving view of Catholicism.

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If you’re Latino, there’s a fairly good chance you grew up Catholic. And if you are, you know that your grandparents are likely very, very Catholic, your parents are you know, good Catholics, and… well, and then there’s us. The Janes. We’re the kids of super-Catholic Latinos, but for us, it’s changing, we’re not as old-school as those before us. “Jane the Virgin” totally gets that.


3. Jane has a strong AF mother.

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If there’s one thing that’s true about Latino culture, it’s the strong AF women. “Jane the Virgin” is a show that is full of badass, opinionated, hardworking ladies. The Villanueva women alone are the type to make you raise your hands in praise. Watching the show, it’s totally relatable to many Latino families.


4. There’s a real flare for the dramatic.

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LOL, should we all just send this GIF to our entire families, particularly the tías? If you’re part of a Latino family, you know that with drama in families comes the denial of drama. How is it that the most dramatic of people are the ones who deny it the hardest?!


5. There’s the one family member who takes over the spotlight at every single get-together.

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(Not gonna lie, this person is usually me.) There’s always that one family member at birthday parties and quinceañeras who just takes over the mic and ~Works. It. Out.~ But hey, that’s what makes Latino families so fun, right?!


6. It deals with the struggles of being a single mom without the stereotypes we’re used to seeing about Latinas.

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The amazing thing about “Jane the Virgin” is that it deals with real issues — like Latinas as single mothers — in a way that is honest, poignant, and inspiring, while showing Jane as being both vulnerable and empowered. It’s not cliché, which makes it so relatable. Part of the reason “Jane the Virgin” is such a success is because so many of us can identify with it. In the Villanueva women, we see our mothers, sisters, cousins and friends.


7. It’s not about a Latino family in a white-dominated place.

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Let’s talk about Miami, baby! In the past, when a Latino family is represented in a TV show or movie, they are usually the only Latinos around. Not in this show — and that’s why it’s so brilliant. There are Latinos everywhere, and not in the stereotypical roles we’re used to seeing. It feels more natural as an audience member because that’s how it is in real life.


8. Family tradition takes center stage.

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Ugh, this speech and this moment forever. Tradition in Latino families is a big deal! From weddings to holidays, tradition can speak volumes and has a very important role in a Latino household. Pretty sure we all burst into tears when Jane reads the letter her mom read at her baptism. It’s so personal, and we can all feel it!


9. Everything becomes a family event.

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With a Latino family, it’s never not a family thing that involves everyone. This might be the most accurate to Latino culture.

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So, here’s to a show that actually gets it right: praise hand emojis for everyone!


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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The trailer for the “Saved By the Bell” reboot dropped on Tuesday and it actually looks…good? We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it. The series has long been in the works, with the reboot being announced all the way back in September 2019.

The reboot will revolve Zack Morris (who is now a California governor) after he “gets into hot water” after he closes a bunch of low-income high schools. Governor Zack’s brilliant idea is to send the kids affected by the school closures to the “highest performing schools in the state”, which naturally, includes Bayside High. According to the synopsis, “the influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.” We never imagined “Saved By the Bell” tackling class-conflict before, but hey! Weirder things have happened in 2020.

Much of the original cast is slated to appear, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, and of course, Mario Lopez in the legendary role of Slater. Thankfully, Slater appears like he will be in the show quite a bit, playing a coach to the high school students (why aren’t we surprised?).

In addition to the original cast, it looks like the series has also added a bunch of new characters to flesh out the new series. One of those characters will be “Mac Morris”, Zack Morris’ mini-me son. And judging by the trailer and promotional materials, the show’s lead will be a Latina character named Daisy, played by newcomer Haskiri Velazquez.

Lopez has been vocal about his excitement for the reboot, recently telling Women’s Day that the reboot is “much funnier, to be quite honest.” “It’s got a different look and feel and much more mature ‘Saved by the Bell’,” he explained. “But I think they [struck] a good balance with this nostalgia in the new version.” He also teased that he might “bring back the mohawk,” but it appears we weren’t that lucky.

And now that we saw the trailer, we have to agree with Lopez. The new series appears to be a sort of tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary on the cheesiness of the original ’90s series. The plot device of the “outsiders” (i.e. lower-income students) coming into Bayside High is genius. It means the show can be cheesy and over-the-top while poking fun of it’s self in a self-aware way. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds.

The series is set to premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 25 on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

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