Yes, I know that I am late to the party but I like to be fashionably late to almost everything (complete lie, I’m real weird about getting places early) but I recently found Made in Mexico on Netflix. The reality show train completely missed my stop because I’ve never been one to invest in any of them on American television. So consider me surprised when I binged Made in Mexico in three days.
In my defense, I started the show because the trailer made it seem like a scripted show. I was certain that it was a parody of a reality show when I pressed play and by the time I realized what it was, I was completely invested. The show follows 9 individuals who come from wealthy families; the drama is just enough to keep you entertained and doesn’t quite cross the line into the unbelievable. Though I finished the entire series, I did find its one major problem quite early in my binge-watching experience.
If this series is meant to represent Mexico, then it completely failed at its job. Every single person on this show is fair-skinned and some of them are actually American who happened to move to Mexico. At this point, I’m sure that I sound like a broken record but I refuse to believe that requesting proper representation in my media is so ridiculous.
Consider me shocked that Netflix couldn’t find any dark-skinned socialites in all of Mexico. I think the moment that upset me the most is the fact that in the show, without any brown people, they had the light-skinned girl with blue eyes complaining about how she’s treated differently because of her features. Though that may be true, it feels like the story-line would have served better if being told by any of the historically marginalized dark-skinned people in Mexico.
I’m tired. Mexico is diverse, Mexicans come in all shades and to constantly only represent one shade in Television feels lazy and irresponsible. Not only that, but if the title of the show is going to be Made in Mexico, I’m confused as to why some of the protagonists would be white people that have moved to Mexico.
I guess I’m just frustrated by the fact that Netflix, a company that preaches diversity, seems to be completely unaware of the representation that is needed in Mexican television. So hire me Netflix, help me bring the proper diversity to your addictive streaming service.
I should add, this is not just an American media problem; I am fully aware that Mexican media also chooses to cast fair-skinned people in their entertainment. This problem is large and wide across all media, I will aim to speak up about it until my nephews and niece can click on any form of media to see themselves represented. We have taken baby steps, but we still have a long way to go.