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Someone Bullied a Latina Anchor about Her Accent and She Shut Them Down Real Quick

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She took time during a recent broadcast to thank viewers for welcoming her with open arms: “I’d like to take a few moments to say thank you to all of you who have expressed a warm welcome and also warm wishes, encouragement after my arrival here at 12 News.”

Ruiz also took a moment to answer some questions.

Ruiz said several viewers wondered why she had a “different” pronunciation for words in Spanish.

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“Some of you have noticed that I pronounce a couple of things maybe a little bit differently than what you’re used and I get that. And maybe even tonight you saw a little bit of it.”

Ruiz gently explained why and then dropped the mic… all with a smile on her face.

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Just so you know I was lucky enough to grow up speaking two languages and I have lived in other cities in the US, South America, and Europe. So, yes. I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced and I know that change can be difficult but it’s normal and, over time, I know that everything falls into place.” ? ?

“I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced.”

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Twitter users praised Ruiz for how she handled her haters.

Her message encouraged other Latinos to start saying words and names correctly.

Even Democratic Arizona Senator Martín Quezada offered Ruiz support.

Way to go, girl! This is what a proud Latina looks like. ✊

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