In this paper I am going to talk about the 1997 movie Selena as it has a strong focus on the singing career of a developing Mexican American singer in the early 1990's. She experienced many hardships from fans that did not admire the fact she primarily spoke English. She soon embraced her culture and developed loyal devotees to her music and that in the end was what motivated her to grow in her course.
Diversity in America
A good motion picture that addresses the diversity in the American society would have to be the film Selena. This is a movie about a young female Mexican American singer that is struggling to make it in an entertainment industry not made for her individuality. This is based on a true story and it shows her struggling in her career to make it when she is so different than what the Mexican people want. She grew up in America and did not learn Spanish from a young age. Being Mexican meant that was the type of music she was led into sing. Of course the fans were not accepting of a Mexican American idol that did not know her own culture. It took lots of years and became a learning experience for Selena to embrace her culture and accept who she really was on the inside. The more she came to terms with her heritage the more fans she had, and soon became a multi platinum selling artist by the age of 24.
In the beginning of the movie it shows Selena's father being a musician in the 1950's era while he sang in English to the Mexican people. They were booed off the stage and he never had the opportunity to develop his singing career since he did not embrace the Mexican culture. This is how he knew it was that much more important for Selena to sing in Spanish and be proud of her background. At an early age he started teaching Selena about her diversity and where she came from. This was very vital in Selena's future success as a singer.