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inherentes en el feminismo blanco. Finalmente, este artículo argumenta que en la segunda temporada de UnREAL se construyen conscientemente injusticias raciales y de género y estereotipos en un esfuerzo exitoso para hacer que la audiencia reflexione acerca de la injusticia patriarcal y racial en la sociedad contemporánea. El resultado de este análisis es que UnREAL constituye una iteración exitosa del proyecto feminista de la iniciativa Broad Focus de Lifetime, una que incluye una crítica de elementos racistas del feminismo blanco liberal. Palabras clave: UnREAL, esencialismo en los medios, racismo en el feminismo, iniciativa Broad Focus, crítica feminista Introduction UnREAL is a critically acclaimed Lifetime program about the chaotic production of a fictional dating competition television program, Everlasting. Two seasons have aired, the third begins in early 2018, and the production of the fourth season began in late 2017. UnREAL functions as part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative, which aims to provide opportunities for women to write, direct, and produce programs with female-focused stories. Thus, the real-world context of the program’s production is one that aims to undermine patriarchy in the entertainment industry. Further, the program depicts women either vying for control or actually in control of the production of the fictionalized dating competition, Everlasting, which is based not loosely on ABC’s The Bachelor. (Its co-creator, Gertrude Shapiro, worked on the set of The Bachelor and found her experience “soul-sucking”). Thus, UnREAL provides a unique set of layered contexts to mine for feminist and, in Season 2, anti-racist liberatory themes. This article focuses on the meta- 66