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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.

Credit: FIG Channel / YouTube

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.

Credit: FIG Channel / YouTube

“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.

Credit: @DonZambucas / Twitter

“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.

Credit: @Miriam_Junne / Twitter

“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.

Credit: @Miriam_Junne / Twitter

“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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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

Despite being one of the world’s hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico never once closed its doors to international tourism. In fact, the country has worked hard to lure travelers from the U.S. as Americans faced increasingly tough restrictions at home. This has had a profound impact on the country’s experience with Covid-19, with so many Mexicans either falling ill themselves or knowing someone who has.

With so many Mexicans having first hand experience with the virus, it makes sense why so many have strong opinions about tourist’s behaviors while visiting the country.

Tourists are still welcomed in Mexico but their bad behavior is not.

Most Mexicans agree with their government’s open borders approach during the pandemic, since the alternative would have meant even worse economic situation for a country already suffering record levels of poverty. But the influx of tourists to the country has brought with it a level of resentment at those who fail to follow local health guidelines while on vacation.

Mexico never closed its airports to tourists and one walk down a block in Mexico City’s popular Condesa or Roma neighborhoods and you’ll spot American tourists within minutes – many failing to wear a mask. The problem is even more severe in popular tourist destinations like Oaxaca.

There, tourists often travel from the bustling city of Oaxaca into remote villages where Indigenous residents have even less access to proper medical care.

Residents fear that tourists feel they are exempt from local Covid-19 guidelines.

Many residents who have had their own personal experience with the coronavirus has made them sensitive to the pandemic situation in their community. As case numbers continued to rise, many noticed more tourists defying widely practiced public-health protocols, like wearing face masks in public.

On Feb. 25, a popular photographer from Oaxaca, Frank Coronado, posted a plea to his 171,000 Instagram followers: “Dear travelers, you are welcome in Oaxaca, but you should ALWAYS wear a mask when you are in public places.”

He wanted to publicly address the issue and encourage visitors to do better — particularly foreigners who travel from Oaxaca City into smaller rural villages, where artisans are even more vulnerable. He told the Washington Post, “I get mad because I already went through [covid-19] and know how bad it feels. I don’t want my people, the people of Oaxaca, to get sick.”

With an economy based on services, many don’t have the freedom to work from home.

Many in Mexico don’t have the luxury of isolating from tourists — such as Aurora Tostado, who owns the downtown coffee shop Marito & Moglie with her husband.

“People in Mexico, we have to get out of our homes to work. It’s not like we can work remotely like most of the people in the U.S.,” Tostado told the Washington Post. Like others in hospitality, Tostado benefits financially from having tourists, and she is happy to welcome them back, she says. She just hopes they will consider the chain reaction of their behavior as they enjoy the culture that makes her city special

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