Alicia Machado Is My Hero

Alicia Machado Is My Hero

"When I was young, the now candidate, humiliated me, insulted me, disrespected me both publicly and privately in the cruelest way"
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Recently, I stopped writing about politics and the presidential election mostly because it is cringe-worthy and also difficult to follow. And to be quite honest, the fact that I cannot vote because of a piece of paper is aggravating because the decisions affect me as well. Anyway, as I was searching for a topic to write about, all I saw all over the news was “Hillary this” or “Trump that” or “Kim this” (not that there’s anything wrong with Kim of course (except for the fact that she is somehow pro-Trump now??)). It’s almost as if the media is begging you to follow this bizarre presidential election and in turn I have writer’s block. See how that works out?

One particular story intrigued me as I was forced to watch the debate for two of my classes. It was the story of Alicia Machado. Machado was Miss Venezuela in 1995 and was crowned Miss Universe the following year. Much to her dismay, this was the same year Trump took ownership of the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Soon after Alicia Machado was crowned, she began to gain weight. In an interview with the New York Times (x), she says she asked the beauty pageant for help in becoming healthy again through doctors and a new diet plan. Although the pageant had agreed, the next day, Trump took her to a gym and made her work about in front of the press. When she told him she did not want to do this, he said “I don’t care” and said to the cameras “this is somebody who likes to eat” after he mentioned how many pounds she had gained. Alicia says she suffered from Bulimia and Anorexia for five years after what happened that day and continues to seek therapy even 20 years later.

Alicia has also said that Trump referred to her as “Ms. Piggy” and “Ms. Housekeeping” after she was crowned Miss Universe because of her weight gain and her race (x). When asked about these allegations, Trump told “Fox and Friends” September 26th, "She was the winner and you know, she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her, so Hillary went back into the years and she found this girl -- this was many years ago. And found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Theresa. And it wasn't quite that way but that's OK. Hillary has to do what she has to do."

This was a response to Hillary using Alicia Machado as a political weapon against Trump in the presidential debate last Tuesday. Alicia Machado has publicly come out saying that she supports Hillary and although many allegations have been made by the Trump campaign suggesting that Machado is being paid by the Clinton team or that she was granted her U.S. citizenship as bribery the Clinton campaign denies them. Trump's campaign team also started to deny the claims the Wednesday after Debate Night in a statement claiming her accounts were "totally baseless and unsubstantiated".

As if that were not enough, many rightwing news outlets such as this one published stories about Alicia Machado being a pornstar, threatening to kill a judge, not knowing who the father of her child is and posing naked for playboy magazine (although Trump posed for Playboy too and starred in a soft-core porn video for them too as seen here. Machado did pose for Playboy, twice but that is irrelevant. She did not appear in a sex tape and speculating about the father of her child has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Alicia reportedly responded to these accusations saying (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/fmr-miss-universe-machado-on-allegation-she-was-a-murder-accomplice-im-not-a-saint-girl/) “He can say whatever he wants to say, I don’t care… You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has a past. I’m not a saint girl. But that is not the point now.”

Trump took to twitter to say Alicia was “disgusting” and that everyone should see the sex tape she’s in (there is no sex tape). To which she so eloquently responded with:


Donald Trump once again tries to publicly denounce a woman the same way he did so infamously 20 years ago. It shows nothing has changed and that all it takes for a woman to be defamed is slut-shaming and claiming she is crazy. As Lucia Graves in The Guardian put it, Alicia Machado does not have to be a “saint” in order for her claims to be valid. Her past does not dictate the way we should treat the man who single-handedly publicly humiliated her for her body and her race. In fact, her past is completely irrelevant and in no way overshadows Trump’s actions. Trump’s tweets are his way of saying that what he did is justifiable by the fact that he thinks she is “disgusting”. They are not justifiable. His fixation with female beauty and utter disrespect for women is what led many women like Machado into downward spirals. But Alicia is fighting back and turned her suffering into a weapon against the man who made her feel like she was nothing.

Cover Image Credit: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/09/former-miss-universe-once-accused-in-murder-plot.html

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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I Absolutely LOVE The Abortion Bill Oklahoma Has Passed

"Men controlling women"? Get over yourself.

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"A pregnant woman seeking to abort her pregnancy shall be required to provide, in writing, the identity of the father of the fetus to the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion." The bill does include exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger or cases where the father of the fetus has died (and of course, there has to be proof of his death).

A woman HAS TO PROVIDE CONSENT OF THE FATHER in order to abort her pregnancy and I absolutely love this. People in my hometown and state-wide are obviously upset about this because a decent number of them are "pro-choice." They're claiming that this is just another way for "men to control women" and God forbid that gets in the way of their feminist, pro-choice agenda (and I'll address this unfathomable bullshit in a minute).

If you didn't notice already, I'm pro-life. I 100% agree with the bill, even the exceptions. I may be a pro-life Republican, but I'm also a decent human being. I'm sure pro-choice Democrats are either laughing or disgusted thus far, but let me tell you something.

There are other answers compared to killing something that you, or any other woman helped to create. One specifically is adoption. Before you make the cliche argument "Why would I place a child in such a terrible system when I could spare them the agony of a potentially terrible life?" (OR ANYTHING ALONG THOSE LINES), let me shed light on this.

Think of all the couples that desperately want children but have zero ability to have their own. Think about the families that would do anything to raise a child. While you, or any woman, is/are pregnant, there are plenty of adoption agencies that you can visit. You can look through hundreds-of-thousands of files, searching for an amazing family that you like. From there, you can sit through interviews and meet these families that are so. eager. to have a baby. If anything, think of how saddened and desperate Chandler and Monica were when they found out they couldn't have a baby. Instead of ripping away and literally killing a couple's chance of having a baby, give them yours.

A 9-10 month commitment isn't that big of a deal when you think in terms of granting happiness to someone for a LIFETIME. And considering that it's a felony homicide in Oklahoma now.

When you get an abortion, outside of the exceptions listed above, you're selfish. You're only thinking about yourself and the fact that you don't want to be a mom (and perhaps not financially stable--but we shall revisit the adoption topic). Well guess what? Someone is. Give them that chance. And if you're thinking I'm a hypocrite and wouldn't follow through with adopting a baby like I'm preaching right now, you're wrong. I would 100% adopt.

As for "men controlling women," get over yourself. Feminists rant about gender equality all the time and guess what? Think of how many women kept their babies even though their boyfriends, baby daddies, and maybe even fiances and husbands didn't want one. This is the same thing, but a gender reverse. I can think of many guys that wanted to be dads, but their girlfriends decided otherwise with no remorse for their feelings. If the father wants to keep the baby and be a dad, he deserves to fight for it.

It takes two to make a baby. The fathers of these unborn rays of sunshine deserve rights and, in Oklahoma, they just got it. You ladies want gender equality? You just got it. Quit the double standards. Quit your bitching.

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