Thursday, September 28, 2006

La Betty

It is not often that I have a tremendous emotional reaction to any mainstream media. Tonight was one of those rare times. "Ugly Betty" made my night, my day, my week, my month and my year, maybe my decade.

For those of you non-Latinos who have not been anxiously awaiting this show, here's the scoop. Ugly Betty is based on a Columbian telenovela, a Spanish language soap. The original, Betty la Fea, was wildly popular amongs the novela set. It has been brought to ABC by the fabulosa Salma Hayek.

It is the story of a young woman, Betty Suarez, of Queens. She is hired for her first job at a fashionista glossy mag and now we follow her story. There is ugliness aplenty among the employees who seem to be the cheap superficial types, including a gay man. She is humiliated and tormented but Betty rises above it all and gave me reason to hope.

Tonight I actually I had hope again that I could get a job. Hope for the future in spite of the loss of the American Constitution today. Hope in my own abilities. I felt that side of me, again, that could take on the world which has been missing for months.

All this from an hour of watching tv. Es un milagro, it's a miracle.

Thank you Salma, thank you America Ferrera who plays Betty, thank you for reminding me who I am and what I can be.


Kathy said...

I'll have to watch next week. Is America Ferrer the actress from "Real Women Have Curves"? Or is it "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (which I still need to see)?

TT said...

I was pleasantly surprised by Ugly Betty after fearing the worst from the title. I like how she's "TV Ugly" as in, not ugly at all, but quite adorable. And, made me think that getting braces at my age might not be such a bad thing.

miss wild thing said...

Kathy she is in both movies. And yes, you better watch next week.

Judytta said...

I was liked watched telenovela:


Beatri PInzon Solano.

It was good telenovela.

Compliments from Poland:)
Because I am from Poland.

miss wild thing said...

Greetings to my visitor from Poland!

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