Thankfully, common sense has now prevailed in the Twitterverse and many other suitably-impressed mere mortals have now come to her defense. Image: screengrab.
This article originally appeared on Mamamia and has been republished with permission.
Content notice: fatphobia, mention of weight in pounds.
Despite weighing a sprightly 45kg [99lbs], being capable of aerial splits and competing in the OLYMPICS, a Mexican gymnast has been compared to a “pig” for absolutely no reason.
After competing for her country in the artistic gymnastics in Rio on Sunday [August 7], 22-year-old Alexa Moreno was taunted online by cruel trolls.
Apparently, Olympic-level taut is not taut enough.
One Twitter user captioned an image of Peppa Pig with the words: “Exclusive images of Alexa Moreno following her gymnastics routine.”
Meanwhile, some other a**hole tweeted, “Alexa Moreno has the body of two gymnasts together, a diet before going to the Olympics would have been nice.”
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 11, 2016
It’s worth noting that, aside from having a teenie tiny BMI, Mexico is rarely represented in gymnastics at an Olympic-level. [Editor’s note: And, of course, it must be noted that BMI is neither an indicator of health nor fitness.]
By all accounts Morena killed it, too — expertly landing herself into 12th place.
Thankfully, common sense has now prevailed in the Twitterverse and many other suitably-impressed mere mortals have now come to her defense.
— LeDonneFormose (@LeDonneFormose) August 9, 2016
— 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
We’d like to see a troll to a back flip like that, to be quite honest.
— James Joyner (@JJDres) August 10, 2016