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There’s An Actual Episode Of ’Saved By The Bell’ Where Slater Finds Out He’s Mexican

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If you’re one of the (very) few people who watched “Saved By The Bell: The College Years” – it was canceled after one season – you may remember an episode where curly-haired jock A.C. Slater gets in touch with his Latino roots. In the episode, titled “Slater’s War,” we learn that A.C. Slater is Mexican, and his real name is actually A.C. Sanchez. It’s true.

It all kicks off when Theresa, one of Slater’s classmates, speaks to him in Spanish.

And she realizes Slater doesn’t understand a word.

Damn, Slater, you didn’t understand “Do you speak Spanish?” What happened to all that broken Spanish you spoke in episode 10 of season 3, when you had to translate for Latino kitchen staff at the Malibu Sands hotel?

BTW, this all happens during a class where students are discussing bias in media. California University was keeping shit waaaaaaay realer than Bayside High.

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Mr. Tuttle had nothing on Professor Hopkins.

K, back to Theresa and Slater. After a little bit of flirting…

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They meet at the Eagle’s Nest, where Theresa asks Slater if he’s down to join the university’s Chicano student organization. Slater isn’t quite sure:

It becomes clear it isn’t the first time Theresa has heard that response.

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“Knowing where you come from doesn’t make you less of an American.” ???

Then Theresa asks Slater a question that really gets the hamster in his head working:

Then she basically hits him with “Tienes el nopal en la frente.”

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Slater realizes he has lots of questions that need to be answered. So when he tells Zack he’s going to a Chicano student meeting, things get awkward.

Mic drop in 3… 2… 1…

And of course, Zack responds in the most Zack Morris way possible:

Apparently, Slater ends up reading “I Am Joaquin” way too many times because he becomes super defensive:

If you’ve never heard of “I Am Joaquin,” maybe you should take a Chicano studies course, too. ?

During a meeting with Theresa and other students, Slater suggests a sit-in after learning that the school’s chancellor doesn’t want to create a Chicano studies department.

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Admit it, that’s the most Latinos you’ve ever seen in an episode of “Saved By The Bell.”

Also, shout out to the extra in the back killing it with that vintage Selena “Amor Prohibido” look.

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Get it!

Eventually, Zack get pissed when Slater chooses the Chicano student sit-in instead of a ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

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And he thinks Slater is doing it just for Theresa…

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But Slater reveals the real reason he’s interested in Chicano studies: his last name is actually Sanchez.

And he tells Zack the reason his last name was changed to Slater.

But Zack still doesn’t get it.

We finally get to the sit-in, where Theresa, Slater and the rest of the students are told they’ll be arrested.

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When Leslie tries to give Theresa a few pointers on activism, Theresa makes it clear she knows what she’s doing.

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Bye. ???  BTW, did anyone think “Saved By The Bell” would be tackling Chicano identity and white privilege in the early ’90s?

And just when Zack arrives, thinking he’s going to save the day…

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After all, if they don’t listen to the tall blonde guy, who will they listen to?

A school administrator tells them the chancellor will meet with them to discuss a Chicano studies department.

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The celebration begins…

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Slater is now a proud Chicano…

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And Zack makes up with Slater.

Nice, but shouldn’t everyone be calling him “Sanchez”?

BTW, if you’re wondering what happened to Araceli Valdez, the actor who played Theresa, she most recently played a TV reporter in the movie “Machete.”

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And Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater, remains a vampire who never ages.

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READ: How Do They Never Age? Latino Celebrities Who Are Probably Vampires

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It Took Jorge Ramos 10 Minutes To Prove Marco Rubio Doesn't Understand Young Latinos

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It Took Jorge Ramos 10 Minutes To Prove Marco Rubio Doesn’t Understand Young Latinos

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Marco Rubio was brave enough to sit down with Jorge Ramos for an interview on the issues young voters care about most. Not only did Rubio prove he is completely out of touch with young Latinos, the child of immigrants also doubled down on his itch to get rid of DACA and DAPA. Maybe this is why NO major Latino organization has endorsed him?

Right out the gate, Jorge Ramos let Marco Rubio know it was a no bullsh*t interview.

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You can just see the regret creeping in on Rubio’s face.

Viewers were there for it like:

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First up: climate change.  Rubio is an adamant climate change denier.

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Is Rubio aware the environment is one of the most important issues to Latinos in this presidential election? Latinos care more about the environment than anyone’s financial gain, even their own. Maybe that’s because the darker your skin, the worst the environmentally devastated your community is. As a Latino candidate who is supposed to bring in the Latino vote, homeboy should care more about OUR issues.

READ: This is How Jorge Ramos Proved He’s a Total Bad-Ass

And how did Rubio respond to Ramos pointing out that just the result of just about every climate change study contradicts the candidate’s own views? By doubting the scientists asking for more environmental regulation…

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“But I can tell you, with certainty, the impact they would have on our economy: it would be devastating,” Rubio told Ramos. “It would put millions of people out of work.”

Rubio’s responded with fear mongering that’s based on nothing.

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Because, if you can’t convince them with facts and knowledge, you can always scare them into believing you.

Then Ramos came through and asked the child of Cuban immigrants how he would handle DACA and DAPA.

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If looks could kill Rubio, would be the last man standing. Amiright? ?

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Deep down inside, Rubio probably wanted to answer like:

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After all, he is repeatedly said that he would end DACA as soon as he gets into the Oval Office.

But he was on camera talking to a Latino reporter so he tailored his answer accordingly.

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Rubio did mention that he had no problem getting rid of DAPA because, according to him, it is only adding fuel to the fire of illegal immigration and is hindering the process of passing true reform. He did not back up his statement with factual evidence.

READ: Marco Rubio Kinda Fell Apart During The Last #GOPDebate

He then claimed that NO ONE is threatening mass deportation.

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Wait…does he really think no one is saying they would deport all 12 million undocumented immigrants? What about Donald Trump? Or even fellow Cuban-American Ted Cruz?

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Are you EVEN paying attention, Señor Rubio?

Watch the full interview below!

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What do you think about Marco Rubio’s answers? Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

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