Hollywood proved completely impotent in swaying recent elections, but they can damn well make movies and TV shows about the enlightened life. In response to the stepped up enforcement of immigration laws, Tinsel Town is green-lighting the shit out of projects casting illegal immigrants in a lovable light.
Have Hispanic heritage will travel. TV actress Gina Rodriguez who is Puerto Rican from Chicago by way of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, which is almost the same as being Mexican, got two separate CBS TV production deals for shows featuring Central American immigrants being quietly amazing.
The first show for is subtly titled, “Illegal”, a mirthful look at sixteen year old high school honor student, Rafael, who suddenly finds out he’s a ‘Dreamer’. Imagine the yucks when the sweetest smartest and kindest boy in school learns that Trump has declared him an illegal alien! Who will tutor the misunderstood dyslexic jock? Singlehandedly wash enough cars to save the music program? And help a wallflower from a broken home discover her own unique voice? Hint: Rafael, the Ecuadorian DACA.
The second show, “Have Mercy”, focuses on a Latina immigrant doctor who isn’t allowed to practice medicine in the U.S. but risks everything to run a clinic in her Miami apartment for the needy. Think Mother Theresa as played by Salma Hayek in low-cut scrubs kind of thing. Expect the GOP County officials to be hot on the trail of this underground lifesaving Latina. Like Colonel Lynch hunting the falsely accused A-Team. Why oh why can’t you just let this godsend practice her medicine? Yes, there are the roosters being slaughtered for the Santeria rites? But even PETA doesn’t really care about chickens.
Hollywood is officially the rich kid who didn’t make the team so he announces he’s going to start his own sports league. It sucks to be simultaneously franchised and disenfranchised. Wealthy but you can’t buy what you really want. Loved by all only to discover “all” extends only about four zip codes. When Melania Trump’s breast implants rupture at Mar-a-Lago and only the immigrant Latina doctor and her high school “Dreamer” assistant can save the First Lady, the world will know both the meaning of irony and episodic Emmy.
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