This one from Ray S:
I just saw “CANE” and the coming attractions for future programs. Its everything that I feared.
I’ll start with the good part:
With the exception of Nestor Carbonell who as a real Cuban American quite NATURALLY has the right look and the right accent, and with the exception of the woman who plays Jimmy Smits’s wife who looks Cuban [even though she is Colombian], everyone else is unbelievable as a Cuban. Particularly annoying is Jimmy Smits, Rita Moreno and Hector Elizondo. Where on earth does Elizondo– who in reality is a Puerto Rican– get his Mexican accent? And Smits just doesn’t cut the cake as a Cuban. Not only does he not look Cuban [he looks like a Somoan or something], his Cuban accent is horrendous. Can’t an accomplished actor like Smits get a voice coach to at least teach him to speak with a Cuban accent? And Rita Moreno’s “Ave Maria” exclamation… Uh, ah.. I don’t think so.
The program is full of clichés and stereotypes. The family lives in an old fashion hacienda type home full of crucifixes, etc… that looks like something that you would see in one of those old Maria Felix movies and every other moment you hear some salsa or reggaeton music in the background to give the right ambiance of Hollywood’s perception of a LATEENO FAMILY. Remember we are always suppose to be dancing and partying. We’re such hot passionate people! When the family sons aren’t dancing to Reggaeton, they’re having sex with some pretty blond American girl, cause that’s what Cubans do. The writer–who is Cuban–wants to let you know that she knows how Cubans live, so there is a scene where they roast a pig, cause when we aren’t smoking cigars, having hot passionate sex, or dancing to salsa or reggaeton, we’re eating lechon.
The program which is slow and boring, quickly deteriorated into a mafia series full of assassins-for-pay, recently arrived Cuban balseros who are murderers that used to belong to some type of crime syndicate in Cuba where they tattoo their hands as gang identification [sort of like the Salvadorean gangs do]. What’s more, in the coming attractions, “the family” gets even more violent as they get involved with the Israeli mob in the ECSTASY trade.
Gee, why is it that I didn’t trust CBS to get it right? Could it be because CBS executives a few years ago visited Cuba—on an all expense paid trip where they were wined and dined and had meetings with Castro? Could it be because the Fanjuls who are hated by the left and by Castro [since they monopolize the sugar market and are influential in American politics] are often the brunt of scathing critiques in American magazines? Could it be because I read a few years ago [at around the time that the CBS executives visited Cuba] that there was a program/movie in the plans on the Fanjul family?