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

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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.

Looking good, Gina!

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.

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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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Gina’s point: we must unite as Latinos regardless of our nationality, how well we speak Spanish, or what our toes look like when they’re curled.

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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.

Does Gina Rodriguez have a point? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

She Wanted Her Quinces Party To Be Special So She Added Voter Registration To Fight For Her Future

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She Wanted Her Quinces Party To Be Special So She Added Voter Registration To Fight For Her Future

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If you’re a Latina, you probably spent years dreaming of your quinceañera. Questions of the song you’ll come out to, what your dress will look like, and who will escort you into womanhood dance around so many of our heads until the moment we hit the actual dance floor.

Chances are, however, you never considered how to incorporate the current political sphere, freedom and voting rights to your big day.

Quinceañera Aleida Ramos decided to have an innovative addition to her recent quince: voter registration.

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On the Houstonian’s big day, she invited Jolt Initiative — the Latinx Youth Advocacy group. Their goal is to register as many Latinx voters as possible. For Ramos’ party, the organization set up Poder Quince booths to assist guests with voter registration.

In between thanking friends and family and celebrating her quince, Ramos encouraged guests to visit the Poder Quince booths. Her father, Marco Ramos, Jr, joined in on urging guests to register to vote. The pair focused on the impact that the Latinx vote can make in the 2020 election and elections to come.

Community was a big focus of this push. Ramos’ motivation for inviting Jolt Initiative was to pay back the community that has supported her and invested in her these past 15 years. Undoubtedly, even this small gesture can have huge outcomes.

“Our vote ensures we continue to protect our community and those who matter to us most,” the quinceañera told her party goers.

With Poder Quince, Jolt has made it their goal to reach potential Latinx voters through quinceañeras.

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The Texas-based advocacy group started their Poder Quince initiative in May of 2019. Thanks to the huge Latinx population, quinceañeras have become mainstream in the Lone Star State. By Jolt’s estimation, around 50,000 quinces are held each year.

With this in mind, these quinceañeras prove to be an untapped resource to connect with Latinx voters. Jolt — which is a non-profit association — recognizes that in order to mobilize a community, we need to be part of the community. Their presence at quinceañeras helps accomplish this.

Ramos’ quince is the first in Harris County to invite Jolt Initiative.

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Harris County — which includes the city of Houston — has the second largest Latinx population in the country. At over 2 Million, it’s second only to Los Angels’ nearly 5 Million Latinx population.

Harris County set a new historic turn out record during the 2018 elections — no doubt helped by their large Latinx and Millennial vote. This turnout officially changed the county blue in the traditionally red state.

According to Jolt’s spokesman, Antonio Arellano, Texas is a crucial focus for voter turn out.

As he shared with NBC News, “That’s why we are so focused on energizing the Latino vote in Houston. The Latino vote lives here, and we have to mobilize them and there is so much riding on them.”

While Ramos is still too young to vote, she was intrigued by the other quinceañeras who welcomed Jolt to their celebrations.

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Ramos shared with NBC News, “I liked their stories and what they said about everything. I wanted to do something that would help us — trying to make a difference in things for our community. It inspired me.”

Her father — who doesn’t consider himself political — has voted in every election since he was 18. His example also heavily influenced Ramos’ decision to incorporate Jolt into her quince.

Ramos shared with NBC News the wisdom that her dad has passed on to her.

“My dad tells me I have to be educated to vote and have to know what I’m voting for and about the person,” she explained. “When people ask you why you are for that person, you don’t stutter. You know because you are educated.”

Jolt also provided a photo booth for the quinceañera and her guests.

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Guests of Ramos’ quince reported that they enjoyed the presence of Jolt at the celebration. Younger guests had fun with the props and Instagram-able opportunities. Similarly, voting-aged guests appreciated the chance to register and update their personal information.

Ultimately, it was a quince that her guests won’t soon forget. Altogether, it might make a difference in Ramos’ community and ultimately our own.

Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

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Police Have Released A Chilling Report On A Latina Teen Who Has Gone Missing In Detroit

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Statistically, every 40 seconds a child goes missing somewhere in the United States. The most at risk group for child abductions and missing children are girls aged 14-17. Unfortunately, Silvia Chilel seems to have become part of that statistic.

Detroit Police are reaching out to the community in hopes of finding the 16 year old Chilel.

According to Detroit authorities, Chilel was last seen on the morning of June 7, 2019. Her last known location was in the 5600 block of 52nd Street on Detroit’s Southwest side. Chilel is new to the Detroit area, having recently moved there with her family.

It’s important to note that Chilel does not speak any English. The native Spanish speaker is said to be between 115-120 pounds with long, black hair. She also has a medium brown complexion. It’s uncertain what she was last wearing and no additional description has been given at this time.

According to authorities, Chiel has never gone missing in the past. Additionally, the teen is said to be in positive mental and physical health. These factors point to Chilel’s disappearance as not being self-imposed. Instead, it may mean that it was caused by nefarious means.

Sex trafficking is a very real danger to missing children and teens.

According to the Michigan State Police, every year there are approximately 58,200 child victims of abduction by a non-family members. Teenagers are the most common victims of this kind of abduction. Also, nearly half of children kidnapped by non-family members are sexually assaulted or exploited.

In 2018, US Marshal Services in Michigan located 123 missing kids as part of a one-day raid. Called Operation MISafeKid, the children were interviewed in connection to sex trafficking rings upon their discovery. The 123 kids were less than half of the 301 children reported missing in the Detroit area leading up to the investigation.

There’s hope that Chilel will be found safely and soon with the help of the Detroit community.

The Detroit Police Department are looking for any information they can find about Chilel. If you have details that can help find this teen, contact Detroit Police at 313-596-5385. In addition, Crime Stoppers of Detroit can be reached at 1-800 Speak Up. With your help, we can bring Silvia home.

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