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Selena Gomez’s New Netflix Stint Has People Pulling At Their Collars After The 13RW Drama

Will she get it right this time?

Selena Gomez has announced she will be producing a Netflix documentary series titled Living Undocumented. The show will follow eight undocumented immigrant families from the US who live with the possibility of being deported. To say that it’s gonna be ‘heavy stuff’ is a massive understatement.

It’s hard to know how to feel about this; while it’s admirable that Gomez is trying to use her status to bring important issues to light, that didn’t go so well for her last time. Her Netflix series 13 Reasons Why was slammed for its portrayal of suicide. 

Literally everyone after the series’ release.

In particular, people were mad about the fact that it conveyed the message that if you take your own life there will be retribution for those who did you wrong. For anyone who’s ever experienced a person taking their own life they’ll know that, more often than not, nothing comes right. The portrayal of Hannah Baker’s bullies having to face what they did to her in the wake of her death may have appealed to young, suicidal teens… and that’s just freakin’ scary. 

There were calls that it romanticised suicide and that the show offered no ‘positive’ solutions for suicidal teens.

Which is why we’re straight-up jerkin’ our shirts over Selena Gomez’s announcement of her new documentary series. How will she handle the deeply complicated and sensitive issue of living in a country without papers? 

Something tells us that if she gets this series wrong, it’ll be slammed in a way that 13 Reasons never could be. The thing with 13 Reasons Why is that it mainly appealed to a very young audience who weren’t necessarily engaged with the political debate. While the older, parental viewers saw the show’s problematic parts, it continued to rake in views from teens. 

Good luck to ya, Gomez.

But with Living Undocumented? you best believe there will be immigrant audiences who have experienced living in fear of being ‘caught out.’ This show ain’t based in high school, nor are all the characters teens. It’ll involve the plight of undocumented mums, dads and college students. So if Gomez gets this wrong, there will be loads of people ready to set the record straight – and maybe that’s a good thing.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing mental health issues, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or REACHOUT for support services.

Let's Be Honest, Your Childhood TV Heart Throbs Were Major Soft Boys

Gordo is officially cancelled.

Confession: I love the term Soft Boy.

Although the expression has only recently come to fruition it describes a type of dude who’s been around forever.

The proof lies in our favourite childhood TV shows. Some of the finest representations of this archetype were shown in the likes of Lizzie McGuire and H20 Just Add Water – Gordo and Lewis anyone?

They’re the type of guy who actively promotes himself as a “nice guy”.

A Soft Boy can also refer to a genuinely nice dude. Someone who stans his female peers. A sensitive type.

I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of the best and worst as seen on the hit shows of our childhood. You’re welcome.

Gordo from Lizzie McGuire: The Worst Kind Of Soft Boy

Gordo Sucks.

Do not get me started on Lizzie McGuire’s Gordo. Lizzie’s “best friend” was literally the worst. Gordo hides his feelings and masquerades as Lizzie’s platonic friend for what feels like seasons. Pining after someone and saying nothing is self-pitying. Soft Boy tendencies include getting frustrated at Lizzie for crushing on Ethan Craft, showing contempt for Lizzie’s “girly” interests and making a point of dissing anything mainstream. Niche: Filmmaking.

Heath from Blue Water High: Soft Boy Goals

Heath, my darling.

Was Heath from Blue Water High the best Soft Boy to ever hit screens? Light-hearted Heath develops a friendship with surfer girl, Fly, and actually knows how to communicate his feelings. Fly has a lot of doubts about herself but Heath, like any good friend, listens and reassures. This was, without a doubt, one of the healthiest hetero relationships on Australian TV screens. Niche: Surfing.

Lewis from H20 Just Add Water: Soft Boy, But Make It Supportive

Aussie TV’s most wholesome man. H20 Just Add Water/ Network 10

Lest we forget Lewis. Lewis cranks the Soft Boy up a notch by developing friendships with all three mermaids, not just the one he’s interested in. There was something refreshing about watching him platonically support the trio while they struggled to hide their mermaid identities. He uses his science talents to work tirelessly to understand the reason behind the girls’ transformations. Niche: fishing.

Scooter from The Saddle Club: Original Soft Boy Of Our Generation

Veronica? Out of all your options?

While working at Pine Hollow, Scooter develops a hardcore crush on a mean girl called Veronica, which is around the time his soft boy tendencies rear their ugly head. She bullies and belittles him for two seasons but, being the unaware soft boy he is, doesn’t even care. He romanticises her regardless and they end up getting together. Niche: Computers.


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