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Internet Trolls Trashed Gina Rodriguez’s Toes and She Defends Herself in the Best Way Possible

Gina Rodriguez celebrated her recent acting success by gracing the cover for People en Español – and totally owning it. She shared her excitement via Instagram where a few trolls destroyed the actress’ Spanish and even the way she curled her toes. What?! Who does that? Well, here’s how the Jane the Virgin star responded to those haters…

Here is the IG post that sparked the controversy.

Here is what people were saying:

DatSpanishDo
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I don’t think “Uuuuu” is an English, or Spanish word for that matter, but OK.

GoogleTranslate
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Who said she used Google Translate?

Gina, you hear this?

Actually
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Boom.

Among the trolls, there were a few fans who empathized with Gina.

IStruggleToo
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This is probably more common than people want to admit.

READ: Gina Rodriguez: #WomanCrushEveryday

Gina made sure to thank fans for support.

IFeelYouGirl
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#truth ✊

Remember the toe critiques mentioned?

ThatsYourPetPeeve
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Really? Of all things you could think of THAT is your pet peeve?

HerToesBeGone
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They magically disappeared and nobody cares, OK?

TheyAreJustCurled
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Some people just can’t figure things out on their own. Thank you for educating people, Gina.

Some people learned things from their exchanges.

TwoNailsLess
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IHaveToes
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I can’t believe we are still talking toes…

FinallyYouGetIt
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Yes! That’s it. All toes are there! Finally someone gets it! ? ?

Gina also learned who her friend are.

SomeFriend
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@jeremyrayvaldez’s comment was no longer in the thread. One can only assume he regrets what he wrote.

Gina took it a step further and called out the divide in the Latino community.

You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do. #NoToKeyboardCourage

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This was not the first time Gina called for Latino unity.

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During the White House Correspondent’s Weekend Reception, Gina touched on the issue of intraracial racism that only serves to weaken the Latino community from within.

“I think as Latinos in this country, we are all put under one umbrella; we are Latino. And then under that umbrella we look at each other and we say, ‘I’m Puerto Rican; you’re Mexican. I’m Mexican; you’re Ecuadorian. I’m Chilean; you’re Panamanian.’ We have to stop, y’all. We have to unite, because the truth is is that nobody is looking at us like that, except ourselves. And the problem with that is that if you support one Mexican story, that means they’re going to give the money to support a Puerto Rican story. If they support that Puerto Rican story then they then we’re going to have money for a Dominican story, then we’re going to have some money for that Venezuelan story. We all deserve to have our culture exemplified, glorified, recognized, and valued.”

Well said, Gina.

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AOC’s Quote About Being The Only Daughter In A Latino Household Is Getting Latinas Fired Up

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AOC’s Quote About Being The Only Daughter In A Latino Household Is Getting Latinas Fired Up

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As young Latinos, there’s no denying the fact that learning to fold our family culture into the customs we acquire as Americans can shape our abilities to handle pressure. In the process of assimilation, we learn how to meet the demands of our parents and our peers all the while juggling the everyday expectations we shoulder while in school.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows all about managing these expectations. Last year, while addressing the media’s desire to see her pursue her career and fulfill societal expectations of her personal life (AKA get married) the politician reminded her followers that she can handle pressure because she grew up in a Latino household.

To boot, she was the only daughter in her home.

But what about the rest of us?

Those of us who maybe aren’t quite yet thriving politicians but manage to succeed in our everyday lives and do it all? We asked Latinas on FIERCE about how they’re able to relate to AOC’s comments and the responses were not only enlightening but a good reminder of Latina strength.

“And the oldest for that matter!! You not only learn to be tough, but also to be resourceful and amazingly great at delegating.” – emramirez1

“So true ughh the oldest child the only female and the first American born and the first to go to college oyeeeee the PRESSURE #mujerfuerte AINT NO ONE CAN TAKE ME DOWN lol por que our familia made us strong!” –paulinacastrellon

“Or the OLDEST daughter.” –m0zz_

“And be a food server for many years…” –kimoti_87

“Only daughter and only child! Thats some other level of #latinohousehold.” –wellnessparalamama

“Or a daughter in a Latino household with a strict father period!” –elliev03

“Look i went through allot and none of it made me stronger im a very shaky person theres a difference between trauma and tough love , i think she had tough love trauama fucks u up.” –__head___in___the____clouds__

“Oldest daughter, of 3 girls! You are the example!” – _cynnrenee

“I only wish the means to becoming tough and handle pressure for a Latina daughter didn’t root in traumatic machismo (male chauvinism) and systematic inequalities experiences. Surely there are ways to learn to have an affirmative tone and handle pressure without the trauma.” – marimukkii

“Or just being in a Latina household, period.” –mar_knut

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Paletero Is Gifted New Cart After Being Attacked And Robbed

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Paletero Is Gifted New Cart After Being Attacked And Robbed

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Street vendors have been under attack at higher numbers during Covid. Videos on social media went viral showing paleteros being violently attacked to be robbed of their daily earnings. Bernardo Nuñez was one of those victimized street vendors but things just turned around.

Earlier this month, Bernardo Nuñez was attacked and robbed of his paletero cart.

Immediately, the community started to come together. A GoFundMe was started to help raise some money to help Nuñez recover from the attack. Like other street vendors, he relies heavily on his cart to make money and provide for his family.

“Last Saturday July  11th,  while in #Longbeach they stole Bernardo’s Ice cream bike cart. At 53rd St and Long Beach Blvd in front of the @99centsonly store. He went inside to buy some napkins,” reads the GoFundMe. “When he came back out the Cart was gone.  Let’s Team up and Buy him a Bike ice Cream cart, a push cart is too hard for him to push around all day, he’s 66 years old. Bernardo has a @gofundme so we can help him replace his stolen bike ice cream cart and assist him to get back on his feet. He has no family he’s all on his own, let’s take care of him like he is our Family. #defendpaleteros”

Two weeks later, Nuñez is being taken care of by his community.

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The GoFundMe, created by Tito Rodriguez, for Nuñez raised more than $10,000, which would more than replace a cart and bike. The money came pouring in from people around the country who want to help those in need. After all, we all love and support our street vendors because they always take care of us.

There is also a non-profit, co-founded by Rodriguez, that stepped up to really give Nuñez a chance to start again.

The Local Hearts Foundation heard of Nuñez’s loss and they sprang to action. The group managed to raise the money to buy Nuñez a brand new paletero cart. Between Rodriguez’s GoFundMe and the non-profit, Nuñez received a new cart and the $10,000.

“We let him know, ‘Listen, this isn’t us. This is the community; over 300 people who pledged to help you. Understand that your contribution of working hard does not go unnoticed,'” HJ Chong, the other co-founder of Local Hearts Foundation, told ABC 7.

READ: Community Rallies Behind A Paletero Who Was Beat Up And Robbed Of His $70

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