The pioneering Tejano star died 25 years ago.
25 years ago, Mexican-American Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla was murdered.
In her short 23 years, Selena shook the Latin music scene by storm throughout the late '80s and early '90s, playing an unprecedented role in driving the genre towards the mainstream in the United States. Some of her greatest influences included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and the Jackson family, though her father encouraged her to pay homage to her roots by singing in Spanish and implementing Mexican cumbia and mariachi into her music.
With hits like "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como la Flor"—as well as an unmistakable, but often replicated, sense of style—Selena was a phenomenon with a lasting legacy. Reactions to her tragic death by gunshot wound in 1995 were comparable to those following the deaths of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and President John F. Kennedy. Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush—then governor of Selena's home state of Texas—declared her birthday, April 16, Selena Day in the state. In honor of her, we've rounded up 11 artists who've cited the Queen of Tejano as an influence in their own careers.
Hailing from the same state, it shouldn't be a surprise that the "Lose You to Love Me" singer looked up to her namesake. "I am named after her. She was a big deal to my family and growing up from the get-go, I knew who she was and who I was named after," Gomez told The View in 2012. "I got to visit her grave. I've actually met...some of her family, and it's such an honor to be named after someone so amazing."
- ABC Eyes Drama Series Inspired By Legacy Of Selena Quintanilla ... ›
- SELENA QUINTANILLA INSPIRED GRAMMY LOOK | iluvsarahii ... ›
- Selena Quintanilla - Murder, Movie & Songs - Biography ›
- A Series Inspired By Selena Quintanilla Is Coming To ABC | Access ... ›
- Celebrities & Stars Inspired By Selena Quintanilla ›
- 15 Reasons Selena Quintanilla Is An Inspiration To Us All ›
- Selena Quintanilla-Inspired Latino Family Drama Coming to ABC ... ›
- Selena Quintanilla: Celebrities Who Were Inspired By Her | PEOPLE ... ›
- List of people influenced by Selena - Wikipedia ›
- 17 Artists Inspired By The Divine Glory Of Queen Selena Quintanilla ... ›
Both Miranda Pacchiana and her specific allegations are compelling and credible, yet I keep looking for holes.
Warning: This article contains graphic discussions of childhood sexual abuse.
Mythbusters host Adam Savage is a harmless goofball. Mythbusters host Adam Savage raped his sister.
Is it even possible for both of these statements to be true?
The former is too deeply embedded in my head for me to really doubt it after nearly two decades of watching Adam Savage build impressive and absurd toys, costumes, and machines—charmed by his gleeful enthusiasm for nerd culture and the build process. The latter is based on credible allegations that his sister, Miranda Pacchiana, has put forth in a new lawsuit made possible by New York's Child Victims Act.
As I get older, all my heroes turn into villains #AdamSavage https://t.co/3kByEXfSEd— Based Department (@Based Department)1593529010.0
They have already deleted his Instagram and Tiktok accounts, but it's only a matter of time before he tries again
Social Media is a drug.
Every like and share and follow is a little dose of validation that often leads to some bizarre behavior as people try to chase that first high. Certain personality types are more susceptible to the addiction of posting and refreshing and keeping tallies, but one group is so prone to getting hooked that they should be kept away at all costs—pre-teen kids. Consider the case of Mason Dash Disick.
The son of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Mason is ten years old and already reality TV royalty—even if his mom seems to have quit Keeping Up with the Kardashians. At that age, a kid will do just about anything to charm or impress a crowd—think of the kids in fourth grade who would eat anything put in front of them on a dare—which is why social media platforms all have a minimum age of 13. But that cutoff doesn't stop a lot of pre-teens from joining anyway, and the allure must be all the more compelling when the family business is getting as much attention as possible. For a kid like Mason, there are millions of strangers eager to hang on his every live-streamed word. It's no wonder his parents have decided to keep him off social media—deleting Mason's Instagram account shortly after he started taking questions from strangers. But even in that brief window Mason had already and managed to amass around 10,000 followers.
As Kourtney noted in her response to people who questioned the decision, "The thing that really worries me with kids is just comments. People can be so mean. It's really easy to get consumed with it." Obviously, she's right. No ten year old is really ready for the kind of abuse that malicious strangers like to dish out in social media comments. It would have been the right move even if Mason hadn't been giving up the kind of family secrets that the Kardashian-Jenner empire prefers to dole out in tabloid rumors and reality TV bombshells. If Mason hadn't spilled the beans on Instagram Live earlier this week, speculation about a Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott reunion could have been milked for so much drama! But all Mason was concerned with was the fact that so many people were excited to hear what he had to say.
He has already been bitten by the social media bug. He's had a taste of the high it can deliver and is already trying to get another. TikTok was the obvious next choice. When he found an audience there, he lamented the death of his previous account with some dubious math that he's clearly been obsessing over, saying of his follower count, "I would have had 2.7 million by now if I kept it up." That kind of extrapolating is a dangerous game and part of the reason why a kid like Mason shouldn't be on Instagram in the first place—imagine if his math told him he would have two million followers, and he woke up to find he only had one: the devastation!
Fortunately, it wasn't long before Mason's parents found out about his TikTok and deleted that too. The family's high profile is a double-edged sword in this case. It keeps drawing Mason back to receive that validation, but it also means that his parents are quickly informed by fans when he makes an appearance. That said, Mason is definitely not done, and there are a dozen other platforms that he can try to sneak around on—from Snapchat to Twitch to YouTube.
Hopefully Kourtney and Scott have found a sufficient threat of punishment to scare him off the idea for at least a little while. Eventually though, Mason will find his way back to social media. As he mentioned on TikTok, he's been cut off from a lot of his family in quarantine. The Internet is his only connection to the outside world, and now he's felt that special rush of strangers' attention. He can't leave his imaginary audience of millions waiting forever.
- Mason Disick Uses TikTok After Kourtney Kardashian Bans His ... ›
- This Kardashian Kid Is Already a TikTok Sensation ›
- Mason Disick Goes Live on TikTok After Instagram Account Deleted ... ›
- Mason Disick, 10, makes TikTok debut with mom Kourtney ... ›
- Kourtney Kardashian's son Mason, 10, goes live on TikTok after she ... ›
- Kourtney Kardashian And Scott Disick's Son Mason Is On TikTok ... ›
- Mason Disick Is Now on Tik Tok & His Famous Cousins and Siblings ... ›
- Mason Disick creates TikTok after mom Kourtney deletes Instagram ›
- Mason Disick Is Now A TikTok Star Thanks To Mom Kourtney ... ›