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9 Times “Jane The Virgin” Got Latino Culture Right

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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!


Are you a fan of Jane the Virgin? What’s your favorite part about the show? mitú wants to know!

When His Dad Died He Was Left With A Few Shirts, He Wore One To A Date With His Mom And Her Reaction Is Everything

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When His Dad Died He Was Left With A Few Shirts, He Wore One To A Date With His Mom And Her Reaction Is Everything

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In Latino families, a love between a mother and son is solid as a rock. Sometimes a little too much. The term mama’s boy transcends all cultures, but either way, their bond is always genuine and from the heart. If you’d like a beautiful and heartfelt example of what this kind of relationship between a mother and son, look no further than this viral tweet from Texas. 

Clayton Walker shared on Twitter that his dad died when he was just one year old. Now that he’s a grown man, he was finally big enough to fit into his dad’s shirt. 

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The young man from Fort Worth, Texas was clearly excited to wear his dad’s shirt for the first time as a grown man. He was so proud and excited to be able to fit in it completely, and he looks good in it, don’t you think? He said in his tweet that has since gone viral, “My father passed away when I was one and I only have a few shirts of his so I wore one for date night with my momma.”

Clayton knew one other person that would be just as proud to see him in his dad’s shirt, and, of course, that was his mother. He surprised her and her reaction was so touching!

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“My father passed away when I was one and I only have a few shirts of his so I wore one for date night with my momma.”

“Aww,” his mom said with a huge grin. “What do you think?” he asked her.  

“You look good,” she said but she was clearly getting emotional so Clayton hugged his mom to give her comfort. 

Clayton’s tweet has been retweeted almost 200,000 times and like by more than 900,000 people.

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Clayton addressed the massive attention — both good and bad — that he’s received and said on Twitter, “Just wanna say thank you to all the ones showing love fr fr and to the ones hating and claiming I’m chasing “clout” you don’t know me you WEIRDOS🤣 but regardless big blessings for everyone forever and good vibes por vida🤞🏽💕 God bless.”

Yes, true to form, there were trolls on Twitter that displayed such hate and ignorance toward Clayton and his mom. They actually accused him of using his dad’s death as a way to get his tweet to viral.

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“Just wanna say thank you to all the ones showing love…and to the ones hating and claiming I’m chasing ‘clout’ you don’t know me you WEIRDOS,” he added on Twitter. 

Clayton went on to say that his mom’s his best friend and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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And there isn’t! Imagine what it must like for his mom to lose her husband right when their family was becoming a family. It’s so sad, but some people on Twitter just have no love in their life, clearly. 

Some women even shared on Twitter that a man like Clayton that is close to his mom is marriage material.

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We totally agree with that. If a man is good to his mama, he will be good to his wife! One young woman didn’t even hide her thirst. She tweeted, “Can I go on a date with you?” 

Some people shared their own stories about losing their fathers at a young age as well.

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Nicole tweeted, “I can’t say it gets easier and you never forget, but you think of all the good things and it makes it a little better.”

If you want even more proof that Clayton is completely dedicated to the love of his father and mother, check this out.

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We are impressed by the honesty and purity of this guy. He’s so sweet! Clayton tweeted that he didn’t care about all the negativity he got, because at the end of the day he knows his truth and that’s all that matters.

“There is always gonna be hate because some people are ugly and that’s okay but I’ve had so many beautiful comments full of love and my heart is full. Thank you, you beautiful people.”

READ: This Photo Of A Dad Showing Up To Pride Even Though His Daughter Had Moved Away Is The Sweetest Thing I’ve Seen In My Life

The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

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The ‘Jane The Virgin’ Cast Shared Their Final Goodbyes And We’re Not Crying, You’re Crying

Last week marked the end of an era for many diehard “Jane the Virgin” fans. For the past five years and for the exactly 100 episodes, we’ve laughed, cried, and spent a lot of time getting to know the Villanueva family. Through the original CW show, we also became enthralled in the drama telenevolas many of us Latinx kids grew up watching with our families. JTV might have not been the most realistic portrayal of our personal lives or even real life for that matter, but at the root of it, the show focused on the importance of love, friendships, and family; it taught us lessons we’ll never forget.

 But most importantly, JTV’s Jane Villanueva made sure many of us saw ourselves represented through our television screen for the past five years. 

Ultimately, Jane Villanueva was us. She made us feel seen, heard, and she helped us navigate life as Latina women worthy of love and worthy of achieving the impossible.

The last and final chapter of Jane the Virgin, which aired earlier this week on the CW, was the fairytale ending we were all waiting for since. For seasons, devoted fans followed Jane Villanueva’s journey when she stepped off that bus and was artificially inseminated with Rafael Solano’s baby. Since then, characters have been killed, characters have been kidnapped, characters have died and then come back to life, Jane has written a book and then another, we’ve encountered and defeated many villains, and well, you know how novelas go. 

But on the last episode, there were no surprises. No deaths. No bad luck. Just pure bliss.

The cast of Jane the Virgin also shared heartfelt tributes to a show that’s also forever changed their lives. 

Justin Baldoni, aka Rafael Solano, posted so many sweet behind the scenes photos of him alongside the cast. 

The day after her 35th birthday and on the day of the series finale, Gina Rodriguez shared a heartfelt tribute to the show that brought us Jane Villanueva.

“We started shooting the first season of Jane in July 2014. A few days into shooting I turned 30 on set. Yesterday I turned 35. And today is the very last episodes, 99 and 100 airing of Jane The Virgin. Five years. Five years of love, laughter, growth, pain, surprises, deaths, new births and a shit ton of memories. To my warriors who have supported me from day one, Thank you. I am able to live out my dream career because of you and I will never stop making art to bring Joy and Laughter into your home/train ride/plane ride or classroom! Art is my savior. Art is what makes me feel like I can fly,” she wrote in her caption.

If you’re like me, and have been #TeamJafael since the beginning, Justin Baldoni’s tribute will make you cry.

“For the past five years you have welcomed us into your homes, apartments, dorm rooms…but more than that—so much more than that—you have welcomed us into your hearts,” Baldoni wrote. “This show has been magic because you all are magic. And there are not enough words in all the languages of the world to adequately express how deeply grateful I am. So I will just say thank you.”

Yael Grobglas, who portrayed Petra in JTV, posted footage of the final table read of the series finale.

In the video, Gina and Justin can be seen reciting their last lines of JTV ever, unable to hold back tears. We dare you NOT to cry. 

Grobglas also shared a photo with her alongside the other fierce women characters on the show. ” I’m so happy we got to end on our own terms unlike most shows and wrap things up at our own time but I’m still incredibly overwhelmed by this chapter ending. So people are asking me how I feel.. I don’t know,” she wrote.

Our favorite fictional mama, Xiomara, shared a video of her watching the series finale. We’ll miss you, Xo! 

Jaime Camil, the best fictional father and telenovela star that there ever was, also shared a heartfelt message to JTV fans on the night of the finale.

“100 episodes, 5 years, unlimited amount of feelings, indescribable friendships, overwhelming support, gratitude, joy, love and of course, the greatest fans. Thank you for giving us the privilege to entertain you. Your kind words mean everything,” Camil wrote in an Instagram caption. We’ll miss you forever, Rogelio de la Vega. 

Despite it being the final season of “Jane the Virgin,” it’s important to not forget that we’ll now be getting a spinoff! In case you forgot, Jane the Novela–which will be narrated by Gina Rodriguez–will follow the format of a American Horror Story definition of an anthology. This means it will be telling one complete story each episode like a traditional telenovela. 

Jennie Snyder Urman told PopSugar that if the show makes it to the second season, provided that it even gets picked up to be a series in the first place, we might get lucky and see other Jane the Virgin characters appear as well.

So this isn’t a goodbye, it’s hopefully a see you later for JTV fans.

“Don’t forget to enjoy the ride because every chapter comes to a close,” Gina Rodriguez says in Chapter 99, part of the two-part series finale. “So I have enjoyed the ride, things like this, they are winning the lottery. I will always thank Jane, the character.” 

We’ll never forget the 100 chapters Jane the Virgin brought us. *cries* 

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