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.
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.
“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.
— alis torres (@alistorres87) August 9, 2016
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.
“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.
— Jose Pedro Herrera F (@PedroHerrera99) August 8, 2016
“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.
— Luis Leal (@luiwok) August 9, 2016
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.
Definitivo: necesitamos a más mexicanxs como Alexa Moreno ❤️??
— Mrs Spooky (@JiimeRolon) August 9, 2016
“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.
“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.
“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.
— samantha espino (@sam_spino) August 9, 2016
“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.
#AlexaMoreno no sólo lucha contra los estereotipos de la gimnasia, sino también con la bola de imbéciles que quieren criticarla.
— Patrick Murray ॐ (@cin3maniaco) August 9, 2016
“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.
And not that it matters, but Alexa Moreno is such a beautiful woman! ? pic.twitter.com/fwoBQeQOC1
— Dan Pichardo (@danpichardo) August 8, 2016