Where a lot of people see a group of passionate, intense, even rabid fans, I see a group of queer women desperate and starving for representation. A lot of people don't understand that. They don't understand that queer women are one of the strongest fandoms around because we don't have a lot of positive representation, and when we do have it, we cling. We make trends, we win awards, we win polls, because we have to show the creators and producers that there is a market for these characters. We want them, and this is what we can do for you, if you would just write us these characters. Juliantinas are one of the strongest, most dedicated, most organised fandom that I've ever been a part of, and that's not surprising considering the quality of Juliantina in terms of the way they are written, acted, directed, and produced. I have never seen anything like Juliantina, and from my understanding they are groundbreaking representation in Latin American media. For Juliantina to not only the first women-loving women (wlw) couple on prime time television, but also be of a quality that we have never seen before even in self-proclaimed progressive Western media, it is not surprising that Juliantina garnered the attention and dedication that it did, from not just Mexican fans but also international ones. I, myself, am from Singapore (Asia) and yet I found myself following closely a story in a language I do not understand. Juliantinas go so hard because Juliantina is the best representation we've ever had, censorship or not. (We can debate this.) We've had something good and all we want is for it to continue. And because we know talking about it is insufficient, beyond usual fandom stuff, we feel like we have to win polls and awards, make billboards, do basically free marketing for the producers, just so that we can see more of the beautiful relationship that we were so given. Juliantinas go so hard for Maca and Bárbara because we're grateful. We're grateful that they, you, chose to play a wlw character. Not just play, but put in so much effort to make the story good. Sorry Maca and Bárbara, if you're reading this, once you've got a case of wlw fandom, you have it for life. We're gonna be here to support everything that you do in the future, sorry haha. All we want is some support. All we want to do is see more of ourselves on television. Because we deserve it like any other viewer, but also because we know how positive representation on TV can change mindsets and make the world a more accepting place for LGBT people everywhere. Every, every portrayal of LGBT characters on television has seen stories of greater acceptance. Every one of them. We just wanna see more of ourselves on TV dude. One is not enough. It's not. And we're willing to put in the effort to show that your time, your money, put into creating LGBT characters and stories is worth it. So it sucks when people don't understand this. It sucks when all people see is a group of rapid fans that will help generate clicks and traction. All the polls and awards that pit Aristemo against Juliantina, I see what you're doing. You're using support of people starving for representation and making it a competition. You're putting two already marginalised groups against each other for your clicks. You're making fans who just want more positive LGBT representation on television fight each other, because we're so deathly afraid that if we don't win that poll, we're not gonna have the representation that we want and crave. That said, with every fandom comes with a lot of noise, a lot of people who are demanding, and are entitled. A lot of people who think they have the right to dictate how public figures should live their lives, people who think it is their right to speculate and conspire against to the faces of the very people they claim to be supporting. We're not here for those people. It sucks that they exist, and wear the badge of Juliantina like all of us, but we're all about positive and respectful behaviour in this fandom and we don't claim them. I am thankful that despite the noise and the people who see Juliantinas as click generating machines, there are so many people who do get it. Maca and Bárbara get it. The team of AAM, all the cast and producers, they get it. Andrea Escalona, the host from Hoy. All these people with the blue check marks beside their names on social media, it really means a lot that you choose to use your platforms of influence for the LGBT cause, the cause of LGBT representation on Television. Thank you for getting to this point of the post. Thank you MyStoryPlace for giving me a platform to express these thoughts I've had for a while. Thank you Maca and Bárbara for constantly going out of your way to show support for this fandom and community. Not many people are willing to show up for us like that, and I don't blame them, so it makes it extra special to have you in our corner. Thank you Juliantinas for your passion, community and spirit; for the constant and effective organisation; for the people who translate scenes, tweets, and ig stories for us, for free; for the people who wait for the english subtitles to come out, before translating it to their language. I am absolutely grateful to be a part of this fandom. From a Juliantina in Singapore, I express my heartfelt thanks to all of you. allow me to plug myself lmao @vlntncrvjl on twitter and @dorkheya on tumblr pls come visit.
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