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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
With a Latino family, it’s never not a family thing that involves everyone. This might be the most accurate to Latino culture.
So, here’s to a show that actually gets it right: praise hand emojis for everyone!
Are you a fan of Jane the Virgin? What’s your favorite part about the show? mitú wants to know!
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