Latinos never back down. This year, we’ve had our share of uphill battles, but we’re certainly not afraid to shut down annoying naysayers. Like the time…
Gina Rodriguez confronted a hater who said Latino celebs use their heritage as a “marketing” tool.
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When a Twitter user criticized Rodriguez of not being able to write in Spanish and, in the same breath, also accused Latino celebrities of using their heritage as a marketing tool, the actress quickly took to social media to shut it down.
“You know what’s lame is you are wrong…But why discriminate against ur ppl? Hater,” wrote the Jane the Virgin star on Twitter. Adding, “I walk around Brown, I don’t advertise it to get ahead, if that marketing tool worked we would be represented more!” Yassss!
And who can forget this Latina news anchor, who took on haters who criticized her Spanish accent.
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— Vanessa Ruiz (@VanessaR12News) December 23, 2015
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Vanessa Ruiz, a local news anchor for Channel 12 News in Arizona, received criticism for pronouncing certain Spanish-derived words the way a native Spanish speaker would pronounce them. After the “backlash,” Ruiz made a public statement to address her haters. Watch the video here.
George Lopez also made headlines after shutting down the Donald in a Funny or Die skit.
After Trump’s racist comments about Latino immigrants, Lopez decided to hit the republican presidential hopeful back with a special message in the form of a hilarious Funny or Die skit. Watch how Lopez morphs into a Mexican Donald Trump à la Humpty Dumpty. Take that, Trump!
Eva Longoria created an uplifting campaign to tackle those obnoxious immigrant haters.
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In September, Longoria launched “The Firsts Campaign” in response to the anti-immigrant banter that continues to make headlines. The campaign highlights Latinos who were the first members of their families to graduate high school or college, open their own business, or vote in a U.S. election. Immigration haters, what you got now?
On that same note, Emilio Estefan, Pitbull and Wisin also stood up against discrimination.
In an effort to stop the anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S., musical artists and celebrities lent their voices to sing “We’re All Mexican,” a tribute song that celebrates the American dream and spotlights the positive contributions of Latinos to the United States. Ya tu sabes!
America Ferrera took on a hater who called her the “C” word.
How rude! Ferrera’s new comedy show, Superstore premiered last month, but her return to TV wasn’t so well received by one hater, who ironically praised the show but called the actress the “C” word. So what’s a sweet gal like Ferrera do? Kill him with kindness. “Well, I’m glad you like the show! Thanks for watching!,” Tweeted the star. Class-y!
Badass actress, Michelle Rodriguez slayed haters who criticized her sexual orientation.
In an interview with E! News, the Fast and Furious star addressed haters who criticized her for not defining her sexuality.
“I think everybody should be open about everything in their lives, but at the end of the day the world isn’t that black and white,” she said. “In the real world the truth comes with judgment. And with judgment comes opinion and with opinion comes stupidity, ignorance and all these other things that can really mess up your life. I have tons of friends who are in the closet, and you know what? Respect. Because you can’t control how people are. You’ve got haters out there. There are too many variables to really judge somebody on their sexual preference. It’s just ignorant.” Preach it, girl.
Selena Gomez blasted a hater who told her to stop eating junk food and work out instead.
Messing with Selena Gomez may not be the wisest thing to do. When a hater body-shamed the singer, she quickly responded back with strong words.
“You’re disgusting. I’M IN the business and I could care less about what ‘they’ or you say I should look like. I don’t need to do anything other than love myself, take care of my work, fans, family and friends… And I do work out.” And you look fab, Selena!
Demi Lovato fired back at haters who criticized her racy Cosmopolitan cover.
Lovato’s revealing cover photo lead to The National Center on Sexual Exploitation to launch a “Cosmo Harms Minors” campaign, with RiteAid announcing that the magazine would be banned — news that didn’t sit too well with the singer.
“What these individuals who are protesting don’t understand is that for the first time in a long time I feel incredibly EMPOWERED and the MOST BEAUTIFUL I’ve ever felt on this magazine,” wrote Lovato. “I think what’s more important is showing women there’s NOTHING WRONG with embracing their bodies and sexuality. I am confident in my own skin and A PROUD @COSMOPOLITAN COVER GIRL!”
Gina Rodriguez had a similar experience when haters made fun of her People en Español cover.
You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do. #NoToKeyboardCourage
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When Rodriguez’s People en Español cover was released, the Filly Brown star took to Instagram to share the photo and thank all those involved by writing in Spanish. A few minutes laters, her comment section was filled with messages from haters, who criticized her Spanish writing skills and her toes!
Here’s how she shut down the haters: “When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do.”
Pope Francis went to Congress preach about immigration.
Pope Francis made history as the first pontiff to address Congress during his visit to the U.S. in September. He not only shared papal words of wisdom ,but also tackled immigration:
“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.” Add this to the list or reasons why we heart him.
Chiquis Rivera dissed haters who said she’s capitalizing on her mother’s famous name.
When Chiquis Rivera released her first single “Paloma Blanca” in early 2014, negative reactions exploded on social media, mostly about her singing abilities. She was also immediately compared to her late mother, Jenni Rivera. Now, Chiquis finally has a few words for her haters:
“I won’t let those things affect me. On the contrary, they motivate me. I won’t fail. I [won’t ] give them that pleasure,” she told Billboard this year. “ I have a lot of faith. And I really believe in the law of attractions. Sometimes I laugh. I have to understand that these people are obviously not happy in their lives. So I think maybe they’re the problem. How can they hide behind the computer and say all kinds of mean things? I focus on God and on the people who are supportive.”