I didn’t watch “One Day at a Time” until it was canceled.
On March 14, Netflix canceled the sitcom, centered around a Cuban-American family, after three seasons. I hadn’t actually been hearing the support until well into its first season. It didn’t surface on my Netflix algorithm or any of my news feeds. In actuality, I firstly heard about the series from my dad, who called, joyful, to share that the grandson of his neighbour from Puerto Rico was co-starring in “a show alongside Rita Moreno.”
But in mid-March my feed was ablaze with #SaveODAAT ,~ ATAGEND so I picked up the indicate at Season 2. The crest of Episode 1, “The Turn, ” addresses a conflict between the family and their youngest son, Alex, to whom they give the endearing nickname “ papito ”( or, “young boy” ). After a baseball game, where the family aloud chorus “ dale, papito, dale! ”, Alex asks to be taken more seriously and be addressed by his *< em> inhales * grown-up soul name.
The moment shook me into a reminiscence from a 2011 pedigree vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My not-so-kid friend Rafael, who we announce “ bebo, ” broke down into the same plea, goddamn virtually word for word. Bebo has it rough with a nickname that translates literally to “baby boy.” And while the boys put up a good contend, they don’t stand an opportunity against the inertia of Latin tradition. Because in the wise commands of Justina Machado, “Yeah , no, we’re gonna save calling you papito .”
I’m certainly not the first to celebrate the impact of minor plan degrees, person details or even determine decoration in “ODAAT.” And March’s # SaveODAAT was such a profound motion ,~ ATAGEND mobilizing even those of us who admittedly hadn’t appreciated the line. But watching the series with its finality in mind is a sugared remembrance to seeing how intimate moments of the representatives are likely to be. And one month afterwards, the “ODAAT” fallout still has a lot to say about Latinx media in Hollywood.
What does it take for a present like “ODAAT” to supplant? What does it say about how a gatekeeper like Netflix approaches its Latinx audience? And how do we move forward with narratives that engage the largest specific areas of the Latinx market? To listen more, watch the “ICYMI By HuffPost” conversation about “ODAAT” and Latinx representation in the video above.