This piece has been sitting on my chest for years. After watching 'Selena: The Series' I had to interrogate if another blander version of this story was necessary, and how Hollywood, the Quintanillas, and even Latinx media has fueled Selena's exploitation.https://t.co/3KKR8CD83Z— Tijuana Maxx (@byalexzaragoza) December 1, 2020
Review: Selena isn't here to tell her story. And Netflix's new series fails to give her a voice https://t.co/0Vuz5STV9c— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 2, 2020
From Vice writer Alex Zargoza:
Says the series is "a Disney-fied retelling of Selena's life" that focuses more on her dad, who has an "iron-like grip on the family, which borders on abusive."
The series doesn't explore her family's bicultural identity and lack of connection to their Mexican heritage. "In effect, we see a story of a Mexican American family being pushed to fake an attachment to their heritage to gain musical success, which I assume wasn't intentional. But by treating this split in their cultural identity in such a passive manner, there's no room to discuss what it's like being raised Mexican in Texas, how generational assimilation leads to a disconnection from your native home, and how Selena's life was a prime example of this complex issue."
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