Several of my friends on Twitter have shared that ABC is canceling Ugly Betty and this season, number 4, is going to be the last season. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m pretty devestated. When they moved the television show from Thursday to other evenings I knew there was some trouble brewing.
It was not that long ago that we lost The George Lopez Show, one of the ONLY US national television shows (on a non cable network for folks like me without cable. That conversion has left me with only receiving 3 channels with my rabbit ear antenneas), that showed the Latino family. I don’t even want to think about what was before this show because I’m almost positive it was Chico and the Man. Ugly Betty has filled a part of that void for so many of us.
I just keep remembering I grew up with A Different World, seeing young people of Color who looked like me going to college and graduating. It really formed my perspective of what I can accomplish. It is possible for some Latinos today that Ugly Betty may have done the same: helped someone cope with the passing of the matriarch in their family, help us re-examine how we treat one another, recognize the discrimination many of us face in the workplace, and how to forge and maintain relationships.