One of the things that seems to be brought up quite often in the comments section of fan pages is the classic “J Lo Vs Selena” debate. This has been around since Jennifer Lopez became a household name. Anytime she is mentioned along with Selena, some fan’s automatic reaction is to compare their careers and slam Jennifer. The things I’ve come across the most have been “If it wasn’t for Selena, she wouldn’t have a career” or “Selena is better than JLo” and how she is “copying” her.
First off, I do not claim to be a Lopez fan. I enjoyed her during the one season that I watched American Idol and I like one of her perfumes. I can’t name a song other than “Jenny from the Block”. That’s about as far as it goes.
I don’t understand why fans need to put them into a competition.
Jennifer simply took an acting role. An important one, yes. But still, it was a role she played. By playing her, it doesn’t mean she is trying to be her or copying her. It doesn’t mean she is trying to replace her. It was her job as an actress. Years later, she is still gracious about the whole experience and has nothing but wonderful things to say about her. So why the hostility? She has done numerous tributes during her concerts and most recently, at the Latin Billboard Awards. And a tribute doesn’t mean she is trying to be her. She is paying respect. A lot of people don’t seem to know the definition of tribute is.
No one can predict if she would of been where she is now without that experience. She already had a steady career prior but this definitely threw her into the spotlight. She has admitted that her playing Selena is what inspired her to do her clothing line and sing. What’s the difference between her being inspired and any other fan?
I just think this whole debate is ridiculous.
So let it go folks. It’s really not a competition. It’s not a who is bigger or better than who. They each have their own unique career.