Netflix’s “Wednesday” This is not the norm Latina Representation we are used to seeing. Assistant professor of Media Studies at University of South Florida’s Department of Communication Diana Leon-BoysAccording to Dr. Stephen Y., we’ve become used to the “can-do Latina” girl. Shows like “The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” Marvel’s “Runaways,” This Latina She can accomplish anything she puts her mind to, thanks to her positive attitude. She is a determined go-getter and a good listener. If she encounters systemic obstacles, they aren’t described and certainly not attributed to racism or sexism.

“She can do it all and she can lift herself up by her bootstraps, which can become harmful and problematic,” Dr. Leon Boys, who wrote “Elena, Princesa of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl“, says the can-do man. Latina archetype. She is grateful for the new type she has seen emerge over the past decade, and credits the empowered approach to portraying. Latina girls. POPSUGAR says she’s not yet satisfied. “It’s still very repetitive, it’s still very similar, it’s still very much part of this economic risk-averse strategy that media conglomerates use because they know it’s safe.”

Dr. Leon-Boys recounts an exercise she does with her students in which she asks them to name Latinx shows that don’t mention a quinceañera. “I have never gotten anyone to mention more than two,” She says. They often forget details like the quince flashback. “Jane the Virgin.” There is no quinceañera in Tim Burton’s “Wednesday.” Our protagonist, Jenna Ortega (Mexican and Puerto Rican), would not like it. She doesn’t like poofy clothes or celebrating birthdays. Wednesday He is more interested in death. This is a positive view of Dr. Leon-Boys.

“I don’t want to say I’m a dark person, but I would align more with, I don’t want to say ‘pessimistic,’ but more realistic points of views and mentalities and thoughts and ideas and conversations about death. That I don’t think you really see a lot through the figure of a girl on television, particularly through a Latina girl,” She says.

Nobody is going to call. Wednesday “plucky,” That’s a great thing. Sonia Alejandra RodriguezAssociate professor of English at LaGuardia Community College CUNY, Dr. Jeremy Platt, PhD, also agrees. They believe that the main character is the one who pleases or can do anything. “moral lesson is you have to respect your parents. You have to respect whatever government is in there . . . And so, the people-pleaser characters are always the ones that are about the status quo.”

Wednesday. Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 101 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

“There’s still a lot of hypersexualization of young Latinas and Latina women in 2022 in the media. That is still one of the stereotypes of Latinas.”

You are wearing all black. “allergic to color,” Wednesday Breaks those molds in multiple ways. “There’s still a lot of hypersexualization of young Latinas and Latina women in 2022 in the media. That is still one of the stereotypes of Latinas,” Dr. Rodriguez. But, thankfully, Wednesday He escapes from this fate, but he doesn’t end-up on the virgin/asexual side. Instead, she finds her self at the end of a love triangular, which is in no way sexual.

It is refreshing to see such a beautiful scene. Latina With a new look Wednesday She has never been seen in anything even close to a bodycon or short skirt. She is the original goth, often in black, and always with a gothic feel. “I feel like we never see goth rocker Latinas on TV,” POPSUGAR spoke to Michelle Ortiz about her punk character, which she played on the recently renewed movie. “This Fool.” It’s true that Latinas can rock a wide variety of identities and styles in real life. However, we are still very underrepresented in terms of our population. And the roles we do get while expanding beyond the sexpot and the maid are still not expansive enough — making WednesdayA pleasant outlier is’s goth girls.

Dr. Rodriguez believes that there will be a greater representation of Latinas on the screen in the future, due to the advances she observes in young-adult literature. “[In YA] the representations of Latinas are so vast, thinking about all these different experiences that young Latinos [have] in the US. What I appreciate about the present representation is that there is no shaming,” They say. “You want to be shy and quiet and a family person? That’s great, do that — we’re rooting for you. You want to be a little bit more rebellious? You want to not be part of the traditional family dynamic? That’s great, too.”

Wednesday. (L to R) Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Thing in episode 102 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

“Wednesday” Even though it doesn’t shy away, the book explores family dynamics as well as other tropes associated with Latinx representation. “The mother-daughter relationship is a very big trope. How do you identify, like, how do you find your individuality and your personhood? It’s always in contrast to the parents. For Latinas, it’s always in contrast to the mom,” Dr. Rodriguez shares. This is what you’ll see in “Wednesday,” As our heroine begins the series, she is defining her self against her mother and then comes to understand herself better.

Indeed, Wednesday She lives within the walls of her family. She may have a story where she sets off on her own adventure, but she is firmly rooted in her Addamsness thanks to Thing and the support of her family. This dynamic is reflected in Latinx literature, Dr. Rodriguez says. “How do you stay within your community and your family but also still learn about yourself by expanding and going outside? It’s this really big tension [and] there’s definitely no line on how to get it right. But [it] also feels like a very general young-adult experience.” Latinx communities feel more tension because they are being pressured to accept the dominant US ideology which puts individual families above all others. Dr. Rodriguez says that this is a good thing. “Latinx authors are like saying no, we need to tap into our culture, we need to tap into our traditions, we need to tap into our family, as like a form of success.”

“We want to be portrayed as vets, as bakers, as artists, as painters, as activists, as firefighters — everything. But when we only have, like, six, seven, or eight, as opposed to 90 plus [shows], they can’t do everything that we possibly want them to.”

This is a part of collectivism. WednesdayThe story of’s character in the new TV series. While she might be away from her parents, she is at their college and learning more about her family. It’s a great way to say “Thank you!” WednesdayLatinidad, without diving into the overplayed aspects that the media so often relies upon. “We want to be portrayed as vets, as bakers, as artists, as painters, as activists, as firefighters — everything,” Dr. Leon-Boys says. “But when we only have, like, six, seven, or eight, as opposed to 90 plus [shows], they can’t do everything that we possibly want them to. So what I find is just like a thirst of historically excluded populations [for] more layers, more nuance, more depth.”

Hopefully, Netflix’s “Wednesday” With its anti-“can-do” The protagonist is able to quench your thirst. This metaphor is a glass of water, not a deep spring. But it’s something.