I know it’s been hard to separate entertainment from politics these days, and realistically they’ve always been intertwined. The best comedy comes alongside self-reflection and realizations. But also we know that the shows we love need to address and reflect the world in which we live. Representation matters, and the creators of television are often working hard at making sure we see ourselves and our friends. The wisest of those shows knows they can’t do it alone, which brings us to the perfect amalgamation of One Vida at a Nine-Nine, or how Latinx TV is changing the world.
One Vida at a Time
On June 19th, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Tanya Saracho, show runners of One Day and a Time and Vida, respectively, teamed up to help end family separation at the border, and to welcome asylum seekers in the United States. They named their project One Vida at a Time.
One Day at a Time & Vida are teaming up to end family separation at the border. Donate here to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and funding for their release. #onevidaatatime #keepfamiliestogether https://t.co/GN9YMqjsAM pic.twitter.com/f3MQzv2Cj2
— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) June 19, 2018
They went on to challenge all the writers rooms to stand up and speak out, bringing awareness to the problem. Shows from Jane the Virgin to The Good Doctor joined them in speaking out. They were even picked up by Vanity Fair after they marched wearing their wonderful shirts.
One Day at a Nine-Nine
And then on July 10th, we found out the two wonderful Latina actors from Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be guest staring on One Day at a Time!
— Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) July 10, 2018
This comes after Gina Rodriguez was on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as a ride share driver who has a connection with Rosa. So really all we need now is someone from Jane the Virgin to show up on ODaaT and the circle is complete.
One Step at a Time
The obvious non-obivious about all this is that representation matters, and shows like Vida (who cast ODaaT and The Bold Type writer Michelle Badillo as a guest) and One Day at a Time aren’t just talking the talk. They aim to change the world one day at a time, by showing us the people we’ve always seen in our lives on TV.
It’s no shock that some of our favourite shows are doing this. In fact, it’s probably because they’re being so inclusive that we’re so much in love with these shows. They are our world, and we see them and they see us, and it means even if the show is the darkest thing on the planet, we can tell it comes from the same heart we do.
One step at a time, shows with good representation are leading the way into the future of successful entertainment. They’re noticed by more than just the isolated fandoms. So make some noise and, like Vida and One Day at a Time, challenge your friends to watch these shows and pass it along.