OKAY, I GOTTA FKKIN’ RANT ABOUT “One Day At A Time”
I hopped on Netflix at like midnight to watch one little Star Trek ep before bed. There was a new show ad at the top for a show about a single army veteran mom raising two kids with her mother. It sounded a little like Fuller House to my mind, but possibly better. So I clicked the first episode.
I NEVER WENT TO SLEEP.
IT IS SO SO SO MUCH BETTER THAN FULLER HOUSE HOLY SHIT.
I CAN’T ACTUALLY PROPERLY TELL ABOUT IT BECAUSE I’M SERIOUSLY TIRED AND MY BRAIN DOESN’T WORK LIKE THIS BUT
TALKS ABOUT THE HARDSHIPS OF BEING CUBAN/POC
MOTHER IS AN ARMY NURSE VETERAN WITH A SHOULDER INJURY
SON IS 12, DAUGHTER IS 15
SHE ALSO TAKES ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND GOES TO GROUP THERAPY TO DEAL WITH NIGHTMARES AND SHIT
SHE STRUGGLES WITH THAT IN THE BEGINNING, ESPECIALLY WITH HER CUBAN HERITAGE AND MOTHER BEING AGAINST THAT
DAUGHTER IS BASICALLY AN EVERY DAY ACTIVIST: FEMINISM, GREEN, THAT STUFF; CALLS OUT MICROAGGRESSIONS, SEXIST AND RACIST, AND EVEN TEACHES HER FAMILY ABOUT SOME STUFF
BUT IT DOESN’T GO OVERBOARD OR MAKE HER LOOK LIKE A “CR*ZED FEMINAZI”/”DUMB MILLENIAL”
OH AND ALSO SHE IS GAY
IT TOOK HER A FEW EPISODES TO WORK OUT IF SHE WAS INTERESTED IN GIRLS, GUYS, OR BOTH
BUT SHE’S FINALLY DECIDED SHE IS GAY
AND COME OUT TO HER MOTHER
WHO IS SUPPORTIVE
tl;dr this show is seriously good and calls out racism and sexism (and soon maybe homophobia ‘n’ shit, I’m on ep 10 and there’s two eps left this season) in just every day little ways that don’t even always have a huge effect on the story line and it’s also really funny.
i mean i’m white so i can’t speak for cubans and shit, but so far none of this show has made me squint and go ‘i dunno ‘bout this….’ (well, i’ve been a little disappointed at some allonormative moments, but the world isn’t that caught up on aro/ace identities so little to be expected about that)
The year’s most winning new sitcom so far was a throwback to the socially conscious form minted by Norman Lear, the legend who co-created the 1975 series that inspired this one. Our scrappy single mom is Penelope (Justina Machado), a Cuban-American Army vet raising two modern kids with help from her old-world, old-school mother, played with zest by Rita Moreno. EPs Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce create polished character-driven comedy that uses generational representatives to debate gender, sexuality, religion, and race. A season with a wonderful build culminated with such emotional power, I’m crying just typing this. (x)
According to the U.S. Consul in Santiago de Cuba, “many innocent and defenseless Negroe in the country are being butchered.” Bohíos were set on fire, and peasant families trying to run away were hunted down and shot. Alleged rebels who surrendered or were taken prisoner were often killed, and their bodies were often multilated.
The British consulate at Santiago reported that whites would come into town with a packet of Negroes’ ears cut off prisoners who had been shot.
…Commander of the Cuban Army General Monteagudo carried out such “carnage in the hills” that “it was impossible to estimate the number of dead.”
Estonez was shot at point-blank range, together with fifty men…. His body, covered with flies, was displayed in Santiago de Cuba before being buried in a common grave….