Netflix’s ‘Siempre Bruja’ Flops / Accused Of Romanticising Slavery

Published: Monday 4th Feb 2019 by David

Netflix’s new series ‘Siempre Bruja‘ has been stunned by an electric wave of bad reviews by the very audience the platform had hoped would support the series.

Why the show, which is about an enslaved African girl and her “magical” adventures, has tanked.

Read below…

The show’s promising trailer garnered praise by TV fanatics globally when it was released last year.




Alas, no one was happy with what they saw when the series finally hit the air.

Why? Its disturbing romanticisation of chattel slavery.




The biggest complaint is that the series sought to sexualise/romanticise the stomach-churning nature of the slave/master dynamic. A dynamic, which in reality, saw black men and women brutalised by the barbaric miscreants ‘Bruja’ and shows like it would have us believe they were attracted to.

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  1. ghklh February 4, 2019

    but she was in love with her slave masters son he wasnt a slave owner..

  2. AnonymousTruth February 4, 2019

    People are so selectively
    sensitive and always want an issue to fight about . Like for real , watch or don’t . It’s not illegal to make a fictional show about this type of stuff. People really need to knock that chip off their shoulder and realise it’s just a tv plot . Get the f*ck over it ?

    • pon_de February 4, 2019

      Uhhh no.. that’s the problem. Slavery isn’t some thing that just happened once in the past so now we can get artsy with it because everyone has moved on. People are still living the effects. It’s not something to become part of the inspiration well for glossy romance stories. Would you feel the same way about a Jewish girl time traveling and wanting to go back to be with the son of the SS officer that sent her family to a concentration camp? No. The very premise of that sounds so tone deaf and gross. This is the same thing.

  3. Luka February 4, 2019

    This show is made in Columbia. I think we as Americans approach slavery topics with more sensitivity and realistic versus others who see it more as a fantasy and less problematic.

    • Stella February 6, 2019

      First of all, its Colombia, not Columbia. Second, as an Afro Latina who actually grew up outside of the United States, I can say there is nothing fantastical or unproblematic about the very real socio-economic stigma still attached to being black or dark in Latin American countries. It’s not a matter of how Americans vs. Latin Americans view the topic, its still being shown in America. I get that its just tv, and that tv isn’t real. But that’s the problem…its not real or anywhere near representing the reality of the topic. And the bottom line is people would like to see themselves and their history realistically represented to truly enjoy and relate with what is being shown on tv. Is that too much to ask for?

  4. K March 17, 2019

    That’s a huge problem in and of itself, but that’s not even the half of it. Can we talk about Mayte and Leon for a second? In the very first pilot, he’s forcing himself on her and Mayte literally tells him to let her go and CARMEN HAS TO INTERVENE. Mayte then covers for him with the excuse that he’s her boyfriend. And still we’re supposed to root for them as a couple????

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