This movie speaks to me so much because of so many reasons
Selena was big during a time in my life when I was just discovering who I was, and I was just beginning to figure out the sort of music that I liked. I was still in Elementary school when she came on the scene, and I’d just started Junior High when she was killed (The movie came out in late 1996 I think…). I remember much of the coverage for it fairly vividly, and to this day I listen to her music and to this day it still affects me on a very emotional level.
I am from Texas, so the Tejano community here is pretty damn big. For those unfamiliar with the Tejano scene, I want to paint you a picture:
Tejano is a type of music that is predominantly led, sang, produced, and run by men. It was very difficult for a female singer to make it as a Tejano singer. Much less a half Mexican Tejano female singer.(Edit: Full mexican, but she spanish was her second language and she was raised in Texas. My bad)
Selena not only changed how Tejano music sounded, she became as big if not BIGGER than most of the male Tejano singers of her day. AND WHAT’S MORE! She made it mainstream! She single handedly was able to cross over from Tejano into American pop music! THAT IS UNHEARD OF AND THE FACT THAT SHE WAS A FEMALE MADE IT GROUNDBREAKING.
This scene? Right here? From the movie? Shows not only her Mexican fans, but her fans from the white community as well. SHE WAS POPULAR IN BOTH EVEN BEFORE HER ENGLISH ALBUM. As far as I know (and correct me if I’m wrong please) no one has been able to do this SINCE her. And certainly not to the same degree she did.
If she had lived, I have no doubt she’d have been J-Lo before J-Lo.
Sorry, end rant.
I have a lot of feelings about this woman.
(Also, if you haven’t heard her music, please go listen to it. It’s fantastic)