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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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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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