After three seasons, Jane the Virgin is ending at the end of its sixth season next week. In its run, the show has challenged a lot of assumptions about Latinos. For the most part, it mostly avoided heavy topics and superimposed their responses on a Latino background. But the success of the show has given Latina artists the chance to voice and make their own stories come to life. Especially thanks to its groundbreaking lead, Gina Rodriguez.
Beyond the strict, agnostic nature of Jane, The CW’s original digital series, Jane the Virgin: In Color, has evolved in its second season into a major piece of the internet puzzle.
First, a true story. In November 2018, disgraced Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, announced a social media initiative called Project Santa Claus. It was basically a big hook for why nobody could really believe in Santa Claus after a couple years of questionable Christmas films. Some of the sketches included the intense dark humor of an ensemble cast featuring Mac Miller and Jerry Seinfeld, and one made out of a dozen jars of jello. The one in the slideshow above, and posted to Instagram, collected photographs of people they felt could not possibly believe in Santa Claus, but also incorporated an amalgamation of messages of deep depression and ultimately, pain from suicide.
The project was supposed to come out in 2019, but was delayed and replaced with a rebooting called Surviving Santa Claus, featuring Cecily Strong and Patton Oswalt. According to Fast Company, while the launch date for that series has passed, there is still a new episode coming out. This one pokes fun at people who feel the necessity to move away from Christmas because of their own childhood trauma, only to end up having pretty goddamn dedicated Yuletide blues. Our footage here, from the Making a Scene Christmas episode, shows actors of varying ages and backgrounds in-between takes participating in this test:
It’s difficult to accept, maybe. It’s absurd. These people had to go through this process, and only for a reaction to be mean to Santa Claus?
One person who has been starring in pointy-finger portraits of what it’s like to not believe in Santa Claus is Elizabeth Holmes. In her new memoir, Where Did I Go? (Threshold Editions, June 4), published shortly after the scandal surrounding her now-defunct pharmaceutical company Herbalife, Holmes directly blames former employees for how her world ended.