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Times Latinos Had Best Responses to Haters in 2015

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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

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9 LGBTQ+ Latinas Making The World A Better Place Through Representation

Women are a driving force for change. It has been proven time and time again in history. LGBTQ+ Latinas are part of this tradition whether it is in activism, media, or representation in comic books. Here are 9 LGBTQ+ Latinas who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Stephanie Beatriz

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Stephanie Beatriz is known for her character Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actress wanted to create a character that someone like her could relate to and she made it happen. Rosa came out in the show as a bisexual Latina and it gave Beatriz a chance to play a character that reflects her real identity. For the first time, bisexual Latinas have someone on television that speaks to a very real and important identity.

Tessa Thompson

Tessa Thompson publicly came out of the closet as bisexual in 2018. The actress revealed her relationship with musician Janelle Monáe and fans were there to support her. Thompson made a real splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she portrayed Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” She will be slaying again as Valkrie in “Thor: Love and Thunder.”

Bamby Salcedo

Bamby Salcedo is unapologetically trans and fighting for trans lives and rights. Salcedo founded the TransLatin@ Coalition to create a network for trans Latinas to connect and help each other thrive. Salcedo is often in protests for trans lives including against Pete Buttigieg during a CNN/HRC Town Hall.

Victoria Cruz

Victoria Cruz is a gatekeeper of LGBTQ+ history. The indigenous trans woman was there for the start of the Gay Liberation movement in 1969. Cruz has been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Cruz has continued to her fight for trans rights even in the face of transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community. As the LGBTQ+ community tends for forget its history, Cruz is here to remind them of how important the trans community is in gaing LGBTQ+ rights.

Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera first came into everyone’s home as a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” This was before she started her transition. Since embarking on her transition journey, Carrera has had a very successful career as a supermodel, became a stepmother, and has been championing trans rights in the U.S. and Peru. The activist has spent years breaking down stereotypes about trans people wherever she goes.

Salice Rose

Salice Rose is a major name in social media. With more than 16 million followers on TikTok, Rose has created a place for people to feel safe and included. Using comedy and her spirituality, Rose has been able to tackle important issues, like coming out.

Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera was tapped to write for the America Chavez comic book in a move by Marvel that was widely celebrated. Rivera was able to give American Chavez, a queer Latin superhero, an authentic voice. Rivera is also the author of “Juliet Takes A Breaths.’ The young adult novel follows a Puerto Rican girl who comes out to her family right before going to an internship on the other side of the country.

Martine Gutierrez

Martine Gutierrez is a famed photographer and artist that has displayed work around the world. The art critic Barbara Calderon wrote about Gutierrez’s identity that has been an elusive yet broad identity. Calderon spoke of terms used to identify oneself yet none seemed to accurately describe who Gutierrez is.

Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta is an Afro-indigenous Colombian Canadian musician who is transforming Latin music, especially the scene with her sexuality. The queer musician is unapologetic about her identity for the sake of visibility. Pimienta feels a need to stay ver visible to change the long-running history of no queer visibility in media.

READ: Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Cardi B’s Role in the Upcoming ‘Fast & Furious’ Installment Has Finally Been Revealed

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Cardi B’s Role in the Upcoming ‘Fast & Furious’ Installment Has Finally Been Revealed

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The fast and the furious series may be on its ninth installment, but it has no intention of slowing down. Last week, the dependable franchise dropped a new trailer. And although Cardi wasn’t in the trailer, fans were later given a hint as to who Cardi B will be playing in the upcoming movie.

Apparently, Cardi will be playing Leysa in Fast & Furious 9, “a woman with a connection to Dom’s (Vin Diesel) past”.

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And that’s the extent of the information we were given about that! Talk about a tease.

The official synopsis for F9 is as follows: “Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most.

“His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena).”

Cardi’s addition to the cast was announced back in 2019, when Vin Diesel posted a surprise video with Cardi by his side on the set of the latest installment.

“Day 86 here on the set of ‘Fast 9,’” Diesel told the camera. “I know I’m exhausted. We all gave every single thing we could for this movie, put it all on the table, put it all out there.”

“I’m tired, but I can’t wait,” Cardi added, looking notably exhausted. “I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.”

Cardi B wasn’t the only Latino star to become a new member of the Fast family. Back in 2019, the news dropped that the king of reggaetón himself, Ozuna, would be appearing in the upcoming movie as well as contributing to the soundtrack.

Last year, Vin Diesel revealed to Jimmy Kimmel how Cardi happened to become a part of the Fast & Furious family.

“My daughter wanted a piece of casting to happen, so Cardi B is in it,” he told the late-night host. To which Kimmel responded: “Your daughter said to you ‘Dad, will you put Cardi B in the movie?’ And you said ‘Oh that’s a good idea?’”

“I said, ‘It’s a great idea!’ As she’s listening to ‘I Like It Like That’,” Diesel admitted. Sounds like the kid’s got good taste.

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