The election is less than two weeks away, and the candidates are making their final push. Both candidates are spending extra time in Florida; Donald Trump, who needs to win the state but probably won’t, held a rally in Tallahassee. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is making a final push to reach out to Latino voters. So naturally, she went to Univision’s top gossip show “El Gordo Y La Flaca.” Surprisingly, Lili Estefan and Raul De Molina asked complex and insightful questions.
Nah, I’m just playing. They embarrassed themselves.
Aside from the gimme immigration reform questions, the majority of the conversation focused on Hillary’s preferred cuisine (she said she loves Mexican food because of course) and how her granddaughter is learning Spanish (fun fact: Hillary Clinton’s granddaughter is named Xochitl.*).
Telenovelas have long been typecasting all the stereotypes we’ve grown up to believe to be true, and then to unlearn all over again. We’ve met the seductress duplicitous female villain, the overreactive, drama queen female ‘lover,’ and the steel-jawed masculine heart-breaker hero who finally finds his integrity and reunites with his inhumanly patient lover. Oh, and all the woman are highly sexualized and overall just the most feminine. Telenovelas have long codified the binary and the love stories of heteros. Not anymore.
Televisa’s El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) premiered in Mexico earlier this summer, and, now that Univision is picking up the novela, the U.S. is about to get its first-ever gay couple to star in a novela.
El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) is the spin-off of novela Mi marido tiene familia that we’ve all been waiting for.
We got to meet stars Aristóteles “Aris” Córcega (Emilio Osorio) and Cuauhtémoc “Temo” López (Joaquín Bondoni) meet and fall in love in Mi marido tiene familia. That said, they met as teenagers while living under their parents’ ignorant roofs. Now we get to see them build their own lives. Together, the duo has been lovingly dubbed “Aristemo” or “Emiliaco,” depending who you ask.
In Mi marido tiene familia, we watched Aristemo endure a lot of homophobic hate.
Being gay in a homophobic society is incredibly isolating and dangerous. Suicide rates are nearly twice as high in the LGBTQ+ community than in the hetero community. That’s not because they’re gay. It’s because people are told that “God hates fags.” Fans have been rooting for Aristemo ever since they graced the television screen because they offer hope to all the gay niños out there watching.
ECNSE will follow Aristemo as they move from Oaxaca to Mexico City to follow their passions.
Of course, passion ensues. They escape Oaxaca’s brand of homophobia for Mexico City’s brand, but, as is the reality for our LGBTQ+ community, Aristemo finds and cultivates a safe space for them to love each other freely. Instead of sneaking around their parent’s houses, they hide away in their own shared apartment together, free at last.
Claro, leaving the crime scene of their families’ homophobia doesn’t heal those wounds as quickly as they hoped for.
You can expect to see a reasonable representation of life for LGBTQ+ youth in Mexico City. LGBT youth are far more likely to experience depression, suicidality and mental illness than hetero folks. Instead of the “happily ever after” ending we typically get from novelas, we get to see a more realistic next chapter in Aristemo’s lives together as they cope with their own depression, suicidal thoughts, and the emotional distress that homophobic political campaigns inflict.
American fans are emocionada AF.
This fan took the time to screenshot grabs of an interview with Bondoni and Osorio, because the duo is just as cute off-screen as they are on-screen. “Ay pero bro, que bonito lo miras,” the fan captioned. “EMILIACO EN USA!”
We’re all learning lessons in love from Aristemo.
Apparently, Aristemo not only goes on to create a safe space for themselves, but they also take in other LGBTQ+ youth. 😭We’ll meet their new friends, Diego (Nikolás Caballero) and Carlota Cervantes (Ale Müller), and watch how this little family learns to take care of each other and unlearn the drama that their families created for them.
The broader Aristemo family diaspora is currently weeping pride tears everywhere.
“I’m so proud and also very excited 🙂 can’t wait for aristemo to make history in the us,” tweets one fan. “Creo que sin importar lo que pase, nos sentimos muy orgullosos,” tweets another. No novela drama we’re about to witness will change how proud we are to finally give this love story the spotlight. Why? Because the heart is never wrong [cries in gay].
America, you can watch El corazón nunca se equivoca on August 13, 2019 at 9p.m., only on Univision.
It’s prep time, mi gente. Gather your friends, your micheladas and a few Costco sized bags of Fritos, because the emotional eating is about to take over your life. Plus, know that you have 26 episodes to binge, which in novela world, is simply not enough. Still, we’ll take it. Mil gracias, Univision.
This is not your abuela’s telenovela: For the first time in history, Univision is going to launch a primetime telenovela with two male stars as the lead power couple.
No, it’s not the first time that gay characters have been featured in a telenovela, but it is the first time one will feature gay lead characters.
The new show will be in Spanish and is called “El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca” (The Heart is Never Wrong), and it’s a spinoff of the Mexican telenovela, “Mi Marido Tiene Más Familia,” (My Husband Has More Family).
The telenovela will feature two already very popular gay characters.
Viewers will follow the love story of Cuauhtémoc (Joaquín Bondoni) and Aristóteles (Emilio Osorio), the popular couple from “Mi Marido.”
The young men will take on challenges in today’s less than accepting society and face challenges together.
Fans are so in love with the couple, they’ve earned their own ship-name:
Aristóteles + Temo = Aristemo. Too f-ing cute.
Fans of the show and the LGBTQ+ community have flooded Twitter with their Aristemo appreciation.
Many of them express how the novela’s couple has inspired them with confidence and happiness.
It’s not the first time that gay characters have been featured in a telenovela, but Univision is breaking barriers by casting them in leading roles.
In 2013, Univision made international headlines with a memorable same-sex wedding between two men in “Amores Verdaderos” (True Lovers). And in 2018, even more LGBTQ+ characters made their debut in both English and Spanish-language shows, including “One Day at a Time”, “Élite”, “Vida”, “Casa de Las Flores”, and “Amar a Muerte.”
These telenovels are sharing the identies of queer Latino people and so much more:
Shows such as “Mi Marido” and hopefully soon too, “El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca,” show real-life scenarios that people of the Latino LGBTQ+ community face on the reg. And this can lead to more acceptance from family members and friends.
And don’t worry, you can totally watch it with your abuela.
“El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca” is being filmed in Mexico but don’t worry you’ll be able to watch in the U.S, although an official air date hasn’t yet been shared.
We’ll be the first tuned in to watch this power couple take the telenovela scene by storm!