Twitter Users Defend Bodyshamed Gymnast
Sports| | By Brian Delpozo
Many online quickly rushed to the defense of a Mexican gymnast this week after she was bodyshamed while competing at the Rio games.
22-year-old Alexa Moreno finished overall in 31st place in the gymnastics competition, an impressive showing considering the relatively small size of her country’s gymnastics program and infrastructure.
However Moreno’s athletic achievements were lost in the shuffle on Twitter where her body came under attack by some. Despite only being 4-foot-10 and weighing 99 pounds, some users mocked the gymnast’s body.
According to Today, in one now-deleted tweet, a user posted a photo of a cartoon pig with a caption that read, “Exclusive pictures of Alexa Moreno at the end of her gymnastic routine.” Another deleted tweet that was translated from Spanish said, “Alexa Moreno has the body of two gymnasts, a diet before going to Rio would have been good.”
While some mocked Moreno, many others jumped to her defense, defending her body and praising her incredible athletic abilities.
— Spicy Latina Mom (@spicylatinamom) August 10, 2016
To those body shaming #AlexaMoreno from their sofas at home, she has achieved more at 22 than you probably will in your entire life. ☺️
— Scarlett Archer (@ScarlettEArcher) August 10, 2016
— DrTMG (@DrTMG) August 10, 2016
#AlexaMoreno represents every brown girl & boy who have felt discouraged bc of their body type, dreams come true & anything is possible 🇲🇽
— marina (@oxminaox) August 11, 2016
Hopefully the amount of defenders Moreno got are a sign that internet body-shaming culture will one day be a thing of the past.