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Internet Trolls Body Shamed This Mexican Olympic Gymnast

Alexa Moreno is the only gymnast representing Mexican women’s gymnastics at the Olympics in Rio. Rather than celebrating her achievement, some people took to Twitter to body shame her. Now, maybe these people don’t know what a gymnast’s body is supposed to look like, or they are salty af at their own inadequacies, but that doesn’t excuse the shots they took at Moreno.

Gymnast Alexa Moreno is in Rio de Janeiro, representing México and making her country proud.

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Moreno went to Rio before the Olympic Games for the test events — a final effort to make it into the actual Olympics to represent her country.

The 22-year-old gymnast has been preparing for this moment since she was 3 years old.

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“Mexico needs people who prove that everything is possible,” Moreno told CCTV America. “You need to believe in yourself and fight to be able to do things that no one has ever done before.”

19 years later, she made it to the Games.


Moreno was hoping to make it to the finals for the vaulting competition, but was just shy, coming in 12th place. Only the top eight got to move on to the next round for the vault.

But some bullies on Twitter attacked the gymnast because of her body size.

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“The Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno on her second vault,” @DonZambucas wrote. “The fatty has already been eliminated.”

Mind you, Moreno is 4’11” and weighs 99 pounds. If that is overweight, most of us are f****d.

And so began a war between common decency and salty haters.


“How easy it is to criticize Alexa Moreno behind a computer screen,” @PedroHerrera99 wrote. “They deserve a gold medal for stupidity.”

Some of the haters tried to delete their tweets, but vigilant Moreno supporters know about this little thing called a screenshot.


And they even included the hater’s full face pic. Drag him!

Several people stood up for Moreno, saying she was a great example of reaching for the stars and chasing your dreams.


“Definitively: We need more Mexicans like Alexa Moreno.”

Some of the bullies decided to try to play the victim when they got called out. Like this young lady.

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“I don’t like Alexa’s body and I have the right to say so,” @Miriam_Junne wrote. “I don’t care about your political correctness.”

But don’t worry. She was swiftly dragged.

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“You have all the reason, you also have the right to show how much of an imbecile you are,” @MachoteKills responded. “You are on the right path.”

As were others, for just not understanding sports in general.


“The people who are criticizing Alexa Moreno for her body are only showing that they don’t understand sports and, even less, gymnastics,” @sam_spino wrote.

Overwhelmingly, people stood behind Moreno and all she is doing.


“Alexa Moreno doesn’t only fight stereotypes of gymnastics, she is also fighting against the group of imbeciles who want to criticize her,” @cin3maniaco wrote.

This one tweet really sends the message home.

Watch Alexa Moreno talk about her Olympic goals and dreams below!


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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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Mexican President Criticizes DEA For Role In Former Army Chief’s Arrest

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized the historic role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Mexico after a former Mexican army chief was arrested Thursday in Los Angeles on drug charges at the request of the DEA.

The former Mexican Defense Minister was arrested by the DEA on drug charges.

Salvador Cienfuegos Zepedas was the secretary of National Defense in the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto from 2012 to 2018. President Lopez Obrador claims that the arrest is proof of corruption from past governments.

President Lopez Obrador used the arrest to criticize the U.S. government and the DEA.

President Lopez Obrador, speaking at a press conference in Oaxaca, claimed that there is a double standard. While Cienfuegos Zepedas has been arrested by the DEA, the president claims U.S. officials have not been held accountable for trafficking arms into Mexico to track them to the cartels. According to the president, Mexican officials are being held at a higher and harsher standard than U.S. officials.

“Why is it that it’s just the people in Mexico who took part in these acts being accused or implicated, and (the DEA) aren’t criticizing themselves, reflecting on the meddling by all these agencies in Mexico,” Lopez Obrador said at the press conference. “They came into the country with complete freedom, they did whatever they wanted.”

The former defense minister’s arrest sent shockwaves through Mexico.

Cienfuegos Zepedas was the first high-ranking Mexican military official to be arrested in the U.S. with drug-related corruption. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport and will be facing drug and money-laundering charges. It’s been less than a year since Genaro Garcia Luna was charged with taking bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

President Lopez Obrador wants to protect the military’s reputation.

Lopez Obrador also said he hopes that the armed forces aren’t blamed for this scandal and that Mexico must take care of institutions as important as the Secretary of National Defense. Mexico does not currently have an ongoing investigation of the retired general and will await the result of the U.S. investigation, according to the president of Mexico. 

Cienfuegos Zepedas is due to make a court appearance related to four charges in California on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

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