From the beginning, FOX's hit show, “Glee” has embraced Latinos and Latino culture. The show’s first season, which premiered in May of 2009, told the story of Will Schuester, a high school Spanish teacher (yes, Español!), who becomes the director of the high school Glee club, hoping to restore it to its former glory. Season 1 also introduced us to half-Puerto Rican actress Naya Rivera as the saucy and selfish cheerio Santana Lopez.
Now in its third season, “Glee” has become even more committed to telling stories about Latinos. Naya Rivera, who in season 1 was a recurring guest star who was seldom seen on-screen (and never got the chance to sing), has become one of the show's biggest stars—(she now gets all of the best solos!)!
"Glee" has also continued its commitment to featuring the Spanish language on-screen (A-listers Ricky Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have both guest starred as Spanish teachers), and the show has featured several Spanish-language songs, including "La Isla Bonita" a Spanglish version of the Elvis classic "A Little Less Conversation," and a half-spanish cover of LMFAO's ubiquitous "Sexy and I Know It."
With "Glee" airing its Spring premiere tonight, here are five reasons why “Glee” is one of the most Latino-friendly shows on TV!
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In February, "Glee" welcomed Latino A-lister Ricky Martin to McKinley High School. The Puerto Rican superstar guest starred as David Martinez, a former teeth model turned night-school Spanish teacher. And even before Ricky made his way to McKinley, "Glee" was busy casting other Latino A-listers like Pitbull, and Gloria Estefan, who will play Santana's (Naya Rivera) mom in an upcoming episode. Our response? Dale!
"Glee" isn't a Spanish-language TV show, but with all of its commitment to the Spanish language, you would think the show aired on Telemundo! The show has alredy featured three Spanish teachers: Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) and David Martinez (Ricky Martin). Oh, and whenever Santana insults anybody - and we mean, anybody!- she breaks out into Spanish.
The show has also featured many Spanish-language songs, including a memorable duet of "La Isla Bonita" (featuring Ricky Martin and Naya Rivera), a Spanglish interpretation of the Elvis classic "A Little Less Conversation," and a half-spanish cover of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." And though it wont be in Spanish, tonight's episode is said to feature Darren Criss singing Cristina Aguilera's "Fighter," and an upcoming episode is said to feature Lea Michele singing Selena Gomez's hit song, "Love You Like A Love Song." Talk about lovin' Latino music!
Although she was seldom seen in season 1, half-Puerto Rican actress Naya Rivera has become one of the breakout stars of the FOX hit. Not only has Naya's character Santana Lopez become more complex since coming out of the closet, but she also gets to sing all of the best solos on the show these days! This year, Naya performed a flawless rendition of Adele's hit song "Someone Like You," a brilliant duet of "La Isla Bonita" with Ricky Martin, and a flirty take on Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl."
When Santana came out of the closet to her family, she came out to her confidante, who happens to be her abuelita. Although the scene is harsh - her grandmother kicks her out of the house when Santana tells her she's gay - we still give props to "Glee's" writing team for knowing about the special relationship Latinos have with our abuelitas. There's nothing like it!