While the new year is only a week old, it seems like we’ve been in 2016 for a long while already due to the fact this is an election year. There are plenty of hot topics going around this election cycle but one of the main issues on everyone’s mind is immigration.
And while the nation’s mainstream news might be turning its microscope on Latinos, mainstream media is still lacking in strong Latino/a leading roles (which will save to discuss another time) needless to say, this is a crucial time in our country for positive Latino representation, which brings me to the point of this article: FOX’s brand new sitcom, ‘Bordertown.’
I first started hearing a lot of buzz about this show a few months back, the new adult animated sitcom was created and produced by the hilarious duo that brought us ‘Family Guy.’
Add to that mix Lalo Alcaraz – LA’s own brilliant political cartoonist – serving as one of the shows writers and a consulting producer, and voilà …the opportunity for topical humor is ripe.
The first episode premiered a few days ago and social media quickly jumped in to voice reviews, some good and some bad; being that I am from the beautiful bordertown of El Paso, I immediately logged on to watch the full episode for myself.
The show takes place in a fictional town of Mexifornia. In the first few seconds I was hit with typical Mexican stereotypes personified in the central character of Ernesto Gonzalez (voiced by Nicholas Gonzalez.) Right as I thought I was going to be super offended things leveled off because we are then introduced to Ernesto’s bigot Anglo neighbor, Bud Buckwald (voiced by Hank Azaria.)
Bud represents the quintessential antiquated-thinking old white guy. Then we have two other Latino personas: Steve, the Mexican-American border patrol agent who is clearly detached from his heritage and J.C., the Mexican-American college graduate who is proud of his heritage (which I totally relate to.)
Midway through the episode we find out that Bud’s daughter (Becky) and Ernesto’s nephew (J.C.) are madly in love and engaged (dramatic pause) and all this happens right as the new anti-immigration law is passed, which leads to the accidental deportation of – U.S. born Mexican – J.C., even as as he continues to profess, “I was born here!”
The entire episode is filled with brilliant, non-politically correct humor. In the end I couldn’t be offended because I found the characters hilariously authentic and reflective of myself, friends, family, strangers; and the conversations are right out of mainstream America’s hot topics.
Wonderfully witty, done in that same backhanded satire styling as ‘The Colbert Report,’ with the Latino humor of the ‘Latino 101 Show’ mixed in. I thought it was pretty funny.
In a time where writer’s rooms for big prime time shows are scarce of Latinos on staff, this is a perfect example of supporting our voice in mainstream media.
I give it two thumbs up, definitely not for the fragile. Love it or hate it, hey at least we have a show to discuss!
*click to watch* Bordertown Full Espisode