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.
There is nothing romantic and interesting about an enslaved person and their owner. ??♀️
— Norma (@normajeanesays) February 4, 2019
The show’s promising trailer garnered praise by TV fanatics globally when it was released last year.
— Trin (@Intense_XEnergy) February 1, 2019
Alas, no one was happy with what they saw when the series finally hit the air.
Why? Its disturbing romanticisation of chattel slavery.
— Mihrimah Irena |??♀️Wakanda Zindabad??♀️| (@Mihrimah_Irena) February 2, 2019
Still not over how much of a mess #SiempreBruja was. Afro-Latinxs & Black folks deserved so, so much better. I’m sorry, y’all. Especially for those of you who watched, the real time travel should’ve been you all getting the time back you spent watching ?
— Janel Pineda (@Pineda_Janel) February 4, 2019
— She Is Lee (@accordinglee) February 3, 2019
I think what’s really sad about #SiempreBruja is that we were all excited to supported black stories/actors that were underrepresented and then we got this steaming pile of mess.
— Steph Curry Goat ? (@rebirthoftee) February 4, 2019
These stories are all the same
.. and why is the 1 cute black guy have to be gay.. it’s so predictable #SiempreBruja
— Shayness (@iamshayness) February 4, 2019
— BrujasOfBrooklyn (@BrujasOf) February 4, 2019
Netflix: So we got this cool new show called #SiempreBruja
Me: Okay I’m in
Netflix: It’s about an enslaved black woman who time-travels to the present but wants to go back to the past because she’s in love with the son of the man who purchased her —
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) February 2, 2019
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.
Watching #SiempreBruja and I see exactly why a lot of this was kept out of promo. I don’t even feel comfortable with this plot. Y’all love making slaves fall in love with their masters. And y’all knew EXACTLY what y’all were doing not putting any of that in the trailers. pic.twitter.com/5AtSXDc82v
— N O V A (@_inthenova) February 2, 2019