Here’s How A TV Series About Latinos Can Succeed Without Pushing Stereotypes

The CW announced in January that “Jane the Virgin” is being renewed for a fourth season. WOOT! Actually, the show got an early renewal notice, which is a testament to the show’s popularity and success. WOOT! WOOT!

It’s no surprise that the show gets a lot of support from Latinos, but actor Jamie Camil ­believes the show’s true appeal and longevity has a lot to do with its universality.

“The success of Jane is that it’s about human beings, not necessarily a surging demographic,” Camil, who plays Jane’s dad Rogelio, recently told Mic in an interview. “It’s by human beings, for human beings, not just [people of] a certain ethnicity.”

Wait, stop the presses! So, it’s a show about Latinos that isn’t just for Latinos?! Is that even allowed?! You wouldn’t think that wouldn’t be such a revolutionary concept, but it is.

The show, which manages to somehow stay relatable while being broad and sometimes preposterous like any good telenovela, does not pander to the tired Latino stereotypes we’re all so sick of seeing on TV and in the movies.

Instead “‘Jane the Virgin’ portrays Latinos with a lot of respect,” Camil explains. “Just because we’re Latinos doesn’t mean we need to have hot pink houses and piñatas and shout things like, ‘Tacos! Fiestas!’ We’re a powerful Latino cast, the characters are humans and the show is written for a mainstream market.”

The respect in the depiction of Latinos that Camil talks about is evident in his portrayal of Rogelio. Rogelio could so easily come off as a self-centered buffoon, but Camil plays the character with so much nuance, depth and sincerity that you can’t help but fall in love with him. “The audience loves to laugh at the one-liners written for him,” Camil acknowledges, but he goes on to say that Rogelio is a “very well-balanced character. He’s not just a clown who will throw pies at your face.”

Click here to read more about Camil’s interview on Latino representation on Mic.

9 Ways You Can Tell Your Novio Forgot It Was Valentines Day


9 Ways You Can Tell Your Novio Forgot It Was Valentines Day

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It’s not the end of the world if you forgot Valentine’s Day. I’ve done it before, and I learned a valuable lesson: own up to it and beg for forgiveness. The wrong thing to do in that situation is lie about forgetting. She’s going to see right though you, ’cause you’re probably going to something dumb like I’ve listed below. Here are a few red flags to look for if you’re wondering whether or not your novio forgot it was Valentine’s Day.

Your bouquet of flowers look like they were stolen:

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I don’t even want to know whose grave you took these from and tried to pass them off as a romantic gesture.

He’s dressed like he just did a keg stand:


He probably made a last minute stop at Spencer’s Gifts to get something “date-worthy.”

You get a Christmas Valentine’s box of chocolates:

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Let me guess: he rummaged through the expired candy in the dumpster behind CVS because the Valentine’s candy was already sold out.

You get a cute doll that you’re pretty sure was his dog’s chew toy.


Nothing says romance like a squeaky, slobber-covered plushy.

You receive a last minute e-card instead of an actual Valentine.


Who said romance was dead?

He tries to pass off his leftover Super Bowl balloon as a Valentine’s Day balloon.

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This is a whole new kind of “deflategate.”

Your dinner reservation is at 1:30 in the afternoon at a cute little getaway like this:

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The Yelp description did say it was secluded…

He asks you to spot him a few bucks for dinner.

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It’s almost like he didn’t plan.

Instead of going out to see a movie, he gets you to go back to his place to watch YouTube prank videos on his phone.


He’s convinced this is better than foreplay.

If only he had admitted he forgot it was Valentine’s Day, you could have done something way more fun. There’s always next year!

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