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This Selfie Mario Lopez Took With Donald Trump Gave Us A LOT To Think About

So, at some point, “Extra” host Mario Lopez took a smiling selfie with reality television star Donald Trump (and, for the record, with Hillary Clinton as well). And we had, like. A thought or 33 about it all.


1. We really hope they took a face swap version of this.


2. Or took this to Snapchat with the puppy face filter. 


3. God, that filter is so goddamn flattering.


4. Anyway. Yeah, what Ana Ortiz said. Double-you. Tee. Eff.


5. Like. What exactly is going on here?


6. What’s with making candidates seem like a friend or someone you’d ever want selfies with?


7. Hell, we don’t want a president to be our friend, ever.


8. We want one who is, like, way too smart to want to hang out with us. Who’s out there, like, doing equations for fun.


9. Or whatever super smart people do.


10. Mario, show off your dimples if you need us to come rescue you!


11. (Ah. HA! We knew it.)


12. Wow. Mario really doesn’t age at all, does he?


13. It’s almost like he made some kind of blood sacrifice to a demonic entity, thus preserving his eternal youth.


14. It’s always interesting to see who does an open mouth smile versus closed mouth.


15. Like Trump is very much all about the patented Olsen “prune”:


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Credit: Twitter / Mario Lopez

16. And Hillary is def more a fan of the wide smile:


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Credit: Twitter / Mario Lopez

17. And Mario’s got that versatility. You go, Mar-Lo.


18. And us? Well, we’re in a constant state of silently screaming.


19. Especially during election season.


20. Especially during THIS election season.


21. We also kind of felt bad for Mario when he started seeing the online backlash to his selfie, specifically the one with Trump. He made a video explaining the he wasn’t, like, “hanging out” with the candidates, he was just doing his job:


22. OK, pero like… You also literally ARE hanging out with them, Mario. Taking selfies. Smiling that dimpled smile.


23. Also, you tried to create a connection between Spanish speakers and Trump:

https://twitter.com/MarioLopezExtra/status/735908433224835073

Credit: Twitter / Mario Lopez

24. Bro.


25. Like. Come on, bro.


26. But, seriously. Why are candidates appearing on entertainment news shows?


27. The reality is that Trump’s anti-Latino, and particularly anti-Mexican, rhetoric is courting a culture of hatred.


28. It’s playing out more and more and more and more in real life.


29. And that’s frightening.


30. We’re not entertained.


31. So, uh. Hey, what’s with all the shadows along the walls?


32. Are they being sucked into a swirling vortex of pain and darkness?


33. MARIO, NOOOOOOOoooooooo!


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Credit: NBC

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

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Mario Lopez Publicly Supports Former Co-Star Dustin Diamond aka ‘Screech’ After ‘Heartbreaking’ Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

Photo via mariolopezviva/Twitter

Mario Lopez is living proof that true old friends stick by your side–no matter what. The “Access Hollywood” co-host took to Twitter recently to voice his support of his friend and former “Saved By the Bell” co-star, Dustin Diamond after the tragic revelation of Diamond’s stage four cancer diagnosis.

“I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he’ll overcome this,” wrote Lopez. “Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery.
God Bless”.

On Thursday, Dustin Diamond aka “Screech” was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer after he was admitted to the hospital for intense pain.

In addition to feeling pain all over his body, Diamond also allegedly discovered a “huge lump” on his throat. Although his representatives describe his condition as serious, he is reportedly undergoing chemotherapy and his friends and loved ones are hopeful for his recovery.

“We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer,” a representative for Diamond revealed to People. “It’s very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly. He’s in a lot of pain.”

To Entertainment Weekly, his reps said: “By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable.” They also added that Diamond was “fading in and out” when he was first admitted to the hospital.

Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez have long had a complicated relationship.

In Mario Lopez’s 2014 book “Just Between Us,” he revealed that Diamond wasn’t exactly beloved by the rest of the cast. “Not everyone got along with Screech AKA Dustin Diamond. I did, but maybe I was the exception,” he wrote. “He was one of those dorky kids who thought it was hilarious to take Polaroids of his genitals and leave the photos all over the set.”

In Dustin Diamond’s 2009 tell-all book “Behind the Bell”, he painted a picture of negative experience on set. The youngest of the cast, Diamond often felt ostracized by the “in crowd” Bay City High’s hotter, older cast members.

After “Saved By the Bell” stopped filming, Dustin Diamond had a hard time getting back on his feet.

Diamond seemed to be embroiled in endless controversy, from reality show fights, to sex tapes, to bar-room brawls. In 2015, he was sentenced to four months in jail after stabbing a man during a bar fight.

He sat down for an interview with Mario Lopez for Extra in 2016 to set the record straight about his alleged bad body behavior. At that point, Diamond told Lopez that he had started a new chapter in his life.

“I want to put the tom foolery and malarkey behind me, you know? It’s time for that clean slate. Time for the change.”

Well, we hope Diamond gets better so he can fulfill his dreams of having a new lease on life. We’re glad his old friends are standing by him.

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