La Rosa de Guadalupe, which is produced by Televisa and repeatedly aired by Univision, is one of the best worst shows the television network has ever conceived. It’s so badly acted, horribly written, and terribly produced that, throughout its 737 episodes, it has inspired a countless parodies, memes, nerd rage, and even an actual suicide. Yes, people have died because of this show — yet, considering its 8-year-old run, La Rosa has almost as many episodes as the 40-year-old Saturday Night Live, so apparently it’s fairly popular.
Pretty cray, right?
Because the show is essentially Catholic brainwashing propaganda, La Rosa promises to portray “a miracle” in every episode. Thankfully the show’s writers get very creative when it comes to setting up adversity for their characters, and thus drug addiction, incest, adultery, student bullying, elder abuse, and marital violence are but a few of the subjects La Rosa gladly covers. Also, to keep things fresh and very amateur, the show almost never repeats actors.
They do, however, repeat one bit in all of their episodes: right before showing the promised miracle, a single white rose appears near a carefully-placed Virgin of Guadalupe painting or figurine, and the lead protagonist’s face gets a close-up shot while being caressed by magical breeze.
Here’s a gif:
This imaginative, next-level campiness has been ridiculed for years, but it’s basically half the reason why anybody watches the show. How did the producers of the La Rosa come up with this great idea? One man — a hero to all of us who have no life, which is why we take an interest in Rosa-related trivia in the first place — took it upon himself to find out. His name is Ricardo Escobar, and this is what he found out:
Carlos Mercado, the writer of these stories, told me that he presented this project [to Televisa] in 2006, but it was rejected. He then went to the basilica, asked the Virgin to give him the right elements to once again pitch the idea, and, upon stepping out of the church, he felt the wind hit his face. That also gave him the idea to introduce the rose. Afterwards he took the project back to Televisa and it was approved.
Mmm, interesting. So in Mexico Catholic saints are just handing out miracles to any asshole who pay them a visit? I see. *Writes Rictus business and advertising plan, books flight to Mexico City*
Watch the full interview with La Rosa de Guadalupe producers below.