March 21st marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Selena, a film that had huge emotional significance for Latinos in the '90s. The biopic of the Queen of Tejano, Selena Quintanilla was one of the only times Latinos were portrayed on screen authentically. She was a Mexican-American role model who embraced her culture, represented Latinos everywhere, and stayed humble and transparent despite her success.
True Selena fans have seen the movie over and over again, but in the midst of squealing/crying/fangirling hard throughout the entire two hour long flick, you may have missed these nine mistakes!
1. The Houston Astrodome is round, not hexagonal.
The opening scene, which was during Selena's last sold-out show at the Houston Astrodome, makes the stadium look hexagonal, when it’s round. In fact, that scene was not filmed at the Astrodome at all, but instead at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
2. They got Los Dinos wrong too.
In the same Astrodome scene, you see Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla playing the drums and Pete Astudillo as a background singer. In real life, Suzette sat out that concert because she was sick, and the background singer was not Pete, but Freddie Correa.
3. You see an ad for a Playstation that didn’t exist at the time.
In a shopping mall scene, there’s a poster for a Playstation game. The actual Playstation didn’t come out in the U.S. until September 1995—six months after Selena’s death.
4. Someone used the word “Tejano,” which wasn’t known at the time.
After Los Dinos were kicked out of a dance club in Corpus Christi in 1961 for singing do-wop, someone yells out “We want to hear Tejano!” The term “Tejano” hadn’t been invented yet (Tejano music didn’t come around until 1972), and at the time, the genre was known as “Tex-Mex.”
5. They played the wrong song during Selena’s Grammy walk.
At the GRAMMYs, where Selena won for Live!, they played Bidi Bidi Bom Bom to her walk. In real life, they played No Debes Jugar.
6. Selena was eating futuristic Doritos.
The “Nacho Cheesier” bag didn’t appear on bags until after Selena's tragic passing.
7. They got the location of the GRAMMYs wrong.
While at the beauty salon, Selena says they’ll be flying out to the GRAMMYs in Los Angeles, except that year, the award show was held in New York City.
8. Selena’s older siblings appeared younger.
In the movie, AB and Suzette seem to be close in age to Selena, especially in the childhood scenes. In real life, AB was 17 and Suzette was 14 when Selena was 9.
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