As Netflix drops more and more photos from Selena: The Series on the show’s official Instagram page @selenanetflix in anticipation of its premiere December 4, superfans of the late Tejano superstar are letting their opinions be heard online.
Whether those opinions are about the characters’ 80s hair styles or the shade of lipstick actress Christian Serratos is wearing to portray the late Mexican American performer, the strong reactions being shared online make it evident that the most staunch Selena fans are watching Netflix’s every move and aren’t afraid to let them know when something makes them unhappy.
The same happened back in 1997 when the film hit theaters and Selena purists screamed blasphemy because Warner Bros. cast Jennifer Lopez, a Puerto Rican, to play the Queen of Tejano. Twenty-three years later, most movie buffs can’t imagine anyone else playing the role.
There’s no doubt that Selena: The Series is going to have the same kind of growing pains. They’ll just seem more extreme because of social media. Now, if you don’t like the color of the rhinestones on Selena’s bustier, you can tweet #busticaca to the world and let your feelings be known in real time.
In Selena: The Series, most of the criticism–from people that actually haven’t seen the show yet, might we remind you–will likely come with viewers comparing it to the film version. So, for the next few weeks, get ready to hear complaints on everything from Suzette’s choice of vests to the tint of Abraham’s glasses to whether Serratos has enough “curves.”
Bottomline: If the series is good, fans will forgive and forget most things that bothered them only weeks ago. That’s not just the case for Selena: The Series; that’s how social media works. Just give Selena fans something they can be proud of and all will be forgiven. But if Netflix really doesn’t include a nod to the Anything for Selenas cholo, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Let us know what you think of the cast and their real life counterparts when checking out the side-by-side photos below.