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These 2016 Clapbacks Prove That Nobody Was Safe From Some Latino Shade

There’s no question that 2016 was a rough year for a lot of people. All the ups and downs on personal, national and global levels were all people on social media could talk about. As we gear up for 2017, we need to make sure that we take a stand for ourselves and our communities. Here are some of the greatest clapbacks of 2016 to give you a little bit of inspiration.

America Ferrera did not hold back when she called out a white male reporter who thought she was going to struggle with choosing between a Latino and woman for president.

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CREDIT: Revelist / YouTube

Ferrera was talking to Gloria Steinem about being a Latina at the 2016 Makers Conference and she shared a story of an interview she had recently sat through. During the interview, the reporter, who is male and white, asked Ferrera how she was going to decide who to vote for since there were both Latinos and women running for president. Ferrera said it was almost as if she had to make a choice as to what part of her identity to agree with. She really shut him down.

Ferrera also teamed up with Eva Longoria to call out the Golden Globes on confusing her for Gina Rodriguez.

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CREDIT: Entertainment Tonight / YouTube

Probably because we don’t all look alike. Just saying.

Who can forget when this 12-year-old Mexican boy took on the anti-vaxxers.

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CREDIT: Marco Arturo / Facebook

Marco Arturo set Facebook on fire when he made a video talking about the anti-vaxxer campaign. During the video, little Marco shows a folder filled with proof that vaccines caused autism… but when he opened the folder, every page was blank. #SAVAGE

These sisters who expertly trolled the Trump family.


The two Cuban-American sisters went to a Trump event in North Carolina and, since they were both Hillary Clinton supporters, wanted to protest the event. They had no idea that Trump’s son, Erik, would think that their shirts were pro-Trump shirt. So, of course they were going to take a photo with him to get the message out.

That time that Dascha Polanco educated Charlamagne Tha God on the definition of “Afro-Latina.”


Charlamagne Tha God was chatting with Polanco during an episode of “The Breakfast Club” when the topic of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone came up. Everyone agreed that it would have been better to have an African-American playing the role and that’s when the “are Dominicans black” topic came up. Polanco said she considers herself Afro-Latina and Charlamagne expressed some confusion. So, Polanco kindly explained that just because you are Latino doesn’t mean you can’t also be black.

Literally any time Ana Navarro opened her mouth about Donald Trump.

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CREDIT: CNN / Sarah Burris / YouTube

Since the day Trump announced his candidacy, Republican strategist Ana Navarro has been quick to call him out. Her tone and mood about Trump never wavered during the campaign and ultimately culminated in Navarro releasing a video explaining why she voted for Hillary Clinton instead.

The Internet was alive when this guy dragged his racist dentist to hell and back.

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CREDIT: Erick Parra / mitú

Guillermo Camarillo was pretty excited that he was accepted to several universities. During a routine visit to the dentist, Camarillo exchanged a little small talk with his dentist about his college prospects. He was told by the dentist that, frankly, Camarillo should feel lucky to have gotten into the schools because his daughter was not accepted to some of the same universities. The dentist even made mention of Camarillo’s background as “helping him” to get into the schools. Because, you know, Latinxs only get admitted to colleges because of quotas, not their brains.

Maria Hinojosa came through when a Trump surrogate started throwing the word “illegal” around.

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CREDIT: AM Joy / MSNBC

As the election was approaching, Maria Hinojosa was making the rounds on some networks talking about, well, Trump. During one encounter with a Trump surrogate, she went off because he insisted on calling undocumented immigrants “illegal.” She kindly corrected him and quoted Elie Wiesel to make her point about why you can’t call people “illegal.”

This Twitter user was quick to put Mike Pence in his place when he complained about #ThatMexicanThing.


This was during the vice president debate when Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, mentioned that Trump was dehumanizing Mexicans. The only thing Mike Pence could use as a reply was how he just keeps bringing up “that Mexican thing.” Twitter was quick to respond.


READ: 15 Of Ana Navarro’s Most Savage Takedowns Of Donald Trump And His Supporters

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

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America Ferrera Recounts Her First Hollywood Audition Where She Was Asked to Sound “More Latina”

The 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, and big-name stars gathered to celebrate and acknowledge groundbreaking television programs. One of the celebrities that made a special appearance was America Ferrera.

In a segment called “This Is What I Sound Like,” Ferrera spoke about her troubling experiences as a young Latina actress just starting off in Hollywood.

Before the segment, “Grown-ish” actress Yara Shahidi introduced the segment, emphasizing the importance of representation onscreen.

“The stories we tell on TV shape how we see ourselves and others,” she said. “And how we are seen can many times determine how we are treated. The dream of television is the freedom to live our full and nuanced lives outside of boxes and assumptions.”

In a pre-recorded segment, Ferrera then described her first audition in Hollywood–an experience that ended up being a formative one.

“I was 16-years-old when I got my very first audition and I was this little brown chubby Valley Girl who spoke, you know, like a Valley Girl,” Ferrera explained. “I walked in, did my audition. The casting director looked at me and was like, ‘That’s great. Can you do that again, but this time, sound ‘more Latina?””

According to Ferrera, she asked the casting director whether she wanted her to do the audition in Spanish. The casting director declined. Ferrera tried to explain the contradiction of the directions, telling the casting director: “I am a Latina and this is what I sound like.” Needless to say, she did not get the part.

When she went home to tell her family the story, they seemed unsurprised by the blatant stereotyping Ferrera was facing. They told her that the entertainment industry will want her to “speak in broken English” and “sound like a chola”.

“What did you think was gonna happen?” her family members asked her. “[Hollywood was] gonna have you starring in the next role made for Julia Roberts?”

According to Ferrera, the realization that Hollywood saw her in a different way than she saw herself made her want to “create more opportunity for little brown girls to fulfill their talent and their dream.”

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Since then, the Honduran-American actress has starred in numerous projects that illustrate the diversity of the Latinx experience in America, from “Real Women Have Curves” to “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” to “Ugly Betty“. Most recently, Ferrera dipped her toe into the producing waters with the bilingual Netflix series “Gentified“.

Although Ferrera is putting in the work for more Latinx representation onscreen, the Television Academy still has a long way to go when it comes to recognizing Latinx talent. Unfortunately, the only Latino person nominated for an Emmy this year was Argentine-Mexican actress Alexis Bledel for her work in “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

Here’s to hoping that Latinos like America Ferrera will continue to make their voices heard, giving inspiration to little brown girls everywhere who want nothing more than to see themselves onscreen.

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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