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This Texas Teen Silenced Bullies With His Shirt, And This Is How People Responded

Aaron Tamez, 17, from Houston, Texas, wanted to shut down haters with a simple but straightforward message.

Aaron Tamez
CREDIT: Aaron Tamez

He found a t-shirt on Etsy that perfectly addressed everything he wanted to say. The organic $18.99 tee featured a message that read: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”

Aaron posted pictures of his shirt on Twitter — and its powerful message resonated with thousands of people.

The tweet soon went viral and people on the Internet applauded his fashionably bold attire. Aaron says that as a gay teen he liked the message, “if you have nothing nice to say, just don’t say it at all.”

People on the Internet were blown away by it and loved that fashion could directly target and diminish hate.

Others said that Aaron’s t-shirt is a perfect way to get through to close-minded people.

Aaron tells mitú that he chose to buy the shirt because he liked its message and because he remembered what it was like to have haters in the past.

“I was bullied as a child,” Aaron tells mitú. “Though only in middle school.”

CREDIT: @aarontamezj/Instagram

Aaron says he has never taken a political stand like this before, and never thought his tweet would go viral. He also says that his friends and family have been really supportive.

“My mom is really proud of me for standing up and speaking out,” Aaron says.

Aaron Tamez and his mom.
CREDIT: Aaron Tamez and his mom.

Aaron says because he’s gotten so much attention from this tweet, his friends joke that he’s famous now. We’re sure this is just the beginning for Aaron and his fashion statements.

READ: 11 T-Shirts Every Latino Needs In Their Life

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Did This Mexican Soccer Team Curse Odell Beckham Jr?


Did This Mexican Soccer Team Curse Odell Beckham Jr?

This past weekend, the New York Giants lost 13-38 against the Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card game. The Giants kept things close in the first half but eventually succumbed to the Packers and their daring quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Many fans were counting on Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants’ superstar receiver, to come through in the clutch. Unfortunately for them, the 24-year-old wideout — considered one of the best in the league — had a bad game.

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CREDIT: Credit: Fox / NFL

Beckham, one of the more sure-handed receivers in the league, uncharacteristically dropped a career-high three passes.

What happened to Beckham? Lots of people are blaming his poor performance on this photo:

A week prior to their game with the Packers, Beckham and several teammates flew to Miami to party it up. Beckham and his pals were celebrating a win over their rivals, the Washington Redskins, when the now-infamous boat photo surfaced. Before the game, Beckham was criticized for partying instead of focusing on the playoff game versus Green Bay.

After the loss, criticism of Beckham mounted. Fair or unfair? Before you answer that, consider this…

… maybe something else “cursed” Beckham and the Giants. A few days before the game, Beckham was photographed wearing this lucha libre mask.

It’s not just any lucha mask. The red, white and blue Rey Mysterio Jr. mask was decorated with the logo of Cruz Azul, a Mexican soccer team.

Credit: Pearl G. Walter / YouTube
CREDIT: Credit: Pearl G. Walter / YouTube

Unfortunately for Beckham, no one told him Cruz Azul is “bad luck.” Cruz Azul haven’t won a championship in 20 years and are notorious for choking away their chances at glory.


Their reputation as chokers was cemented in 2013, when Cruz Azul played rival club América in the Liga MX Clausura final. With less than five minutes left in the second leg of the final, Cruz Azul had a two-goal advantage. Then this happened:

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision

Defender Aquivaldo Mosquera headed in a goal to cut Cruz Azul’s lead by one.

With just a few seconds left in the match, América made a desperation move to try to score again. They called on goalkeeper Moises Muñoz to join the attack. In what was likely the last play of the match, Muñoz miraculously headed in a corner kick to tie the match.

Credit: Univision
CREDIT: Credit: Univision

América went on to defeat Cruz Azul in penalties. Not only did it result in a championship for América, it led to this iconic GIF of then-América coach Miguel Herrera:

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CREDIT: Credit: Univision

Since then, the term “Cruzazulear” has become synonymous with choking away a victory.

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CREDIT: Credit: futbolbullying / Twitter

If only someone had warned Odell Beckham Jr.


READ: Meet Some of the Latino Football Players Who Made NFL History

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