“La Rosa de Guadalupe”, or “How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the LULZ”

Mexican TV is awesome.

And by “Awesome” I mean TOTALLY EFFING WEIRD MAN.

Most of what you’ll find is “Telenovelas”, programs similar to Soap Operas that feature lots of drama. Most are serials in which a long-form story is told, usually through over-dramatic acting, ridiculous camera shots and mostly amateur acting that makes serious appreciators of the performing arts flinch in existential Lovecraftian horror.

There are other types, though, which feature individual stories. “La Rosa de Guadalupe” is one of them. Its basic premise is this: There’s a situation that is very dramatic. The situation evolves and becomes something that the people in the episode can’t seem to deal with; one of the characters offers a prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe, who in turn creates a miracle through a white rose, that manages to solve the entire situation.

Essentially it’s an entire “Telenovela” dedicated to the concept of the Deus Ex Machina, and as such, it’s incredibly HILARIOUS: Bad Acting + Bad Scripting + Bad Argument = LULZ, LULZ EVERYWHERE. Of course, every episode also ends up being a story about family values and ethics, but for most of us it’s more about the unintentional laughs than the very intentional lecturing.

So it comes as no surprise that when an episode deals with Otaku culture, some people in Mexico would get up in arms.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know Spanish, the plot is ridiculously simple: The girl believes she’s some kind of Anime character, to the point she uses Cosplay at School, much to the chagrin of her family and teachers. She’s followed around by a minion-type who also wears cosplay, and they do all sorts of Otaku-type stuff. Her mother tries to convince her to stop dressing up, to no avail. And there’s that douche who tries to rape her, too.

Many Mexican Otaku took this as an offense.

They claimed it was done in poor taste, that it damaged their image and that they would boycott Televisa, the network that produces and airs this show.

Of course, they are also incredibly gullible and short-sighted: Without seeing the entire program, it is essentially impossible to make a proper valuation of the contents, and whether the program is made to look Cosplayers look bad, or anything.

Well, it turns out the whole thing aired yesterday, and I watched most of it.

Ridiculous Cosplayers at School
Ridiculous Cosplayers at School

The plot points raised above are actually less than half of the episode: The girl does need a dose of reality, as she uses her hobby as a way to escape from reality. Her father left her and her mom when she was younger. As “Perla” she feels lonely, but not as her character “Namiko Moon”.

Mom and Grandma
Mom and Grandma

Not all her family was against her hobbies. Grandma tries to convince Mom (Whose husband left her) that she should sit with her daughter, try to get into the stuff she likes so she can understand her and help her. In fact, the Grandma confesses that the girl’s mom used to like old anime as well (Candy Candy as a matter of fact), including slightly embarrassing anecdotes.

Mom doesn't understand Girl. And Vice-versa.
Mom doesn't understand Girl. And Vice-versa.

Mom tries to investigate about the girl’s tastes, and she doesn’t seem to understand them. Grandma turns out to be Awesome and Wise: “Talk to her, let her see that you’re interested in her and her stuff”. Great stuff!

Girl gets too crazy, and even her Cosplaying minion-buddy tries to convince her that she’s taking this whole thing too seriously.

Of course, the main source of DRAMA comes from the girl and her minion-friend, who get bullied the shit outta them at school.

"Your resistance only makes my penis harder!"
"Your resistance only makes my penis harder!"

And there’s that one guy who likes her, and by “likes her” I mean “would like to get into her trousers”. He waits until she’s alone and tries to do unspeakable things to her, until her cousin arrives with his friends to save her.

The cousin reveals to the rest of the family that she’s been bullied. Mom tries to convince her that she should dress normally to avoid problems, but the girl argues that no one should be bullying her because of the way she dresses.

Living on a Prayer!
Living on a Prayer!

Mom talks with grandma, and decides to pray to the Virgin of Guadalupe, that she can understand and talk to her daughter, and not the character she’s created. That her daughter stops believing she’s an animated character…

MIRACLES!
MIRACLES!
FUCKING ROSES!
FUCKING ROSES!
HOW DO THEY WORK?
HOW DO THEY WORK?

A MIRACLE IS GRANTED!

Mom tries to approach her, says she wants to understand her… BREAKTHROUGH!

Mom does a Morning Rescue.
Mom does a Morning Rescue.

Mom goes to the School and demands punishment for Would-Be-Rapist Boy, and he’s suspended from school for 3 days. Of course, the boy’s friends only increase the bullying.

The girl grows increasingly CRAZIER. Her friend and cousin try to convince her she’s taking it too far, and the girl just doesn’t get it.

I... don.t... even
I... don.t... even

Mom begins to get more involved with her daughter, watching anime and singing karaoke (?!).

Bullying is bad. And so is your makeup, girl.
Bullying is bad. And so is your makeup, girl.

Girl gets bullied again, the Bad Kids steal her notes, so she needs to take them all over again… But Mom offers to help. Their relationship steadily gets better and better, as mom gets involved.

Quick, Goku, use your Genki Dama!
Quick, Goku, use your Genki Dama!

Days later, the bullies catch up with the girl and her friend, and threaten to kill them. When they leave school, the fight ensues! They get beat up, though. As she’s tending to her daughters wounds, Mom says she has a mission too… A mission to help her daughter.

A gang of bullies.
A gang of bullies.

The next day, the kids are threatened again. Only this time, someone comes to the rescue…

But can they bully a MOM?
But can they bully a MOM?

Yes. It’s Cosplay Mom. The bullies leave, either frightened or embarrassed, and Mom talks to the principal about the bullying. She then talks to the class, explaining about tolerance to others.

Then she talks to her daughter, about how even if she dresses like a cartoon, she is not one.

GROUPHUG!
GROUPHUG!

The daughter stops being ridiculous! They all hug and now understand each other. We get a final message about respect and tolerance, and the thing ends.

So, what have we learned here?

We learned that they’re not representing Otaku as a bunch of people who are disconnected with reality: The girl’s friend is also an Otaku, and he spends half the time worried that the girl is taking things too seriously.

We learned that people should not be discriminated by the way they dress, or by the things they liked.

We also learned that parents need to be involved with their children, at least trying to understand their hobbies.

But most importantly we learned that the REAL Mexican Otaku are really, REALLY paranoid by raising such a fuss over a program that, if anything, is 100% positive and in their favor.

Also, the pictures don’t convey how incredibly RIDIHILARIOUS the whole thing is. Seriously, I wanted to crack half of the time, but I was busy in a place where laughing like that would have been poor taste, so I had to contain it all.

So, lesson for you, Mexican Otaku who complained about this episode: Get that fucking stick out of your ass and GROW THE FUCK UP.

Don’t judge before you’re given THE FACTS.

Be analytical!

Be POSITIVE!

Now if you’ll excuse me, these steaks ain’t cooking on their own.

5 thoughts on ““La Rosa de Guadalupe”, or “How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the LULZ””

    1. Oh, you’d be surprised!
      (But it depends on the mom and the cosplay, really)

  1. Hi! I’m from Mexico, and I saw yesterday the show. I really found it hilarious most of the things that showed up during the program. But I think I should put this clear. About your comment: “So, lesson for you, Mexican Otaku who complained about this episode: Get that fucking stick out of your ass and GROW THE FUCK UP.” You don’t know how it was to live it here, in Mexico. We only had a 1 min video to judge, and, to be honest, here in Mexico, be an otaku, a lolita, or anything like that, means you’re weird and don’t deserve anyone to talk to you. We’re even bellow the gays an lesbians. So, to appear in such a show as La Rosa de Guadalupe, is something disgusting. I had only see 4 or 5 chapters of this program, and even they all are about family union and tolerance and respect, first of all, the show contains a lot of fake facts and non of information. There are a lot of urban tribes that had feel this (most of all not even called themselves as that): Emos, darks, people obsessed with facebook, even Narcos! So, to a group of people such as otakus, this is to go too far. And also, speaking about the dumb people that live in Mexico: they aren’t going to remember the show about its message (tolerance and other facts), but they’re gonna remember it by that “stupid namiko moon that deserved to be raped for bee such an idiot”.
    I’m an otaku, and I’m not mad about the show, but about the bad information that it managed, and the respose that will happen amongst the rest of the Mexico population. I won’t cosplay myself in the next 6 months.

    1. Did you watch the whole thing, by any chance?

      I don’t think so.

      I hate Telenovelas, but I watched this whole episode BEFORE I decided to write a long post about it, before making an opinion.

      Every discussion I took part in that related to this, I kept saying “The show is stupid, the whole thing’s gonna be HILARIOUS and TOTALLY INACCURATE”.

      Which ended up being totally true: Pretty much everyone with half a brain I talked to commented on how RIDICULOUS the plot, the acting, and the entire thing was, but how the message was not half bad.

      You don’t know me, but I’ve lived in Mexico for 28 years. I pretty much saw the entire Otaku community spring up from the ground like gnomes.

      Being a higher Geek, this means I am also an Otaku myself (My racks full of Manga, DVDs and figures are clear testament to this).

      As part of this group, it offends me that some idiots within the group are quick to judge and jump the gun, pretending to know what this program is about, without considering all the facts.

      The problem is not misinformation as it is: It is a lack of information on their part, and an absence of criteria upon which to judge the program.

      Here’s a newsflash, kid: Nothing will happen in the rest of Mexico.

      NOTHING. AT. ALL.

      Because nothing bad was said about cosplayers.
      Because the kid was not raped and she was actually defended by her friends and family.
      Because it never focused on the negative aspects of the hobby, and instead showed the story of a lonely girl who needed her family and friends.
      And in the end, she gets all that, because they decide to help her, to get close to her, to understand her.
      She never stops being an otaku and/or cosplayer, but she stops being her ridiculous avatar and becomes herself again.

      The whole thing is so damn positive, it’s forgettable.

      And because it is forgettable, no one is gonna give a damn tomorrow.

      Heck, today there were no traces of the madness that swept the Social Networks yesterday.

      Why?

      Because there was NOTHING TO GET MAD ABOUT.

      AT ALL.

      If something as simple as this is enough to make you stop cosplaying for six months, then why stop at that?
      Just stop cosplaying altogether, please.
      Forever.
      You’ll do us Mexican Otaku a big, BIG favor.

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