siempre bruja twitter slave witch reactions


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

Warning: One big spoiler ahead.


Ellen Ioanes


Posted on Feb 2, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 8:06 pm CDT

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?”

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

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

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Willow, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

Share this article
*First Published: Feb 2, 2019, 8:31 pm CST