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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.

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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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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In case you haven’t heard, Bennifer 1.0 is back. The famous early-2000s couple has been spotted spending time together in the wake of JLo’s split with A-Rod and Ben Affleck’s split with Cubana Ana de Armas. The news about their reconciliation is surprising the general public, as it’s been 17 years since the Hollywood power couple split up.

Needless to say, many fans have mixed feelings about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together, seeing as their 2004 split up was so messy the first time around.

But more than anything, fans have jokes. Here are some of the funniest tweets about Jlo and Ben Affleck getting back together.

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