Twitter was stoked for ‘Siempre Bruja’ until this plot reveal

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Siempre Bruja, the new Netflix series about a Colombian slave (and witch) promised a lot of thrilling stuff: A story centered on an Afro-Colombian woman, time-traveling, juicy drama, and, duh, witches.

But when some Twitter users discovered that the main character, Carmen, was going back in time to save her white, slave-owning lover, it was just too much.

Siempre Bruja, or Always a Witch in English, is based on the 2015 novel Yo, Brujaby Isidora Chacon. Carmen, the main character, lands in the present day to avoid being burnt at the stake; while she’s still alive, she’s completely lost in the 21st century.

But even the pull of a Spanish-language drama about witches, with Afro-Latinx representation, wasn’t enough for some. Many Twitter users who had been excited about the series expressed boredom—or horror—over the trope of an Afro-Colombian slave with magical powers working so hard to save the son of the man who enslaved her.

“Watching Siempre Bruja Me: what?! they’re giving her a white, slaveholding boo who she makes eyes at while literally on the auction block?? Charlie: Kaitlyn, this is a Netflix and Columbian [sic] state tv-produced telenovela why are you expecting this to do better?”

https://twitter.com/VoodooPussy69/status/1091361505394806784

Other users discussed the complexity of identity in South America, and Colombia specifically.

https://twitter.com/ripeavocadhoe1/status/1091784560554188801

A promising premise, but a troubling romantic plot. Perhaps a second season, if it comes, will offer a more woke romance.

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Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.