Latina News Anchor Shuts Down Haters For Criticizing Her Accent
Vanessa Ruiz, newly hired journalist at 12 News in Phoenix, is fluent in English and Spanish. Her seamless bilingualism is a result of being raised between Colombia and Miami, as well as Spain. Yet somehow the Latina news anchor still found herself the target of social media bigotry.
.@VanessaR12News How arrogant of you to think that we should accept the way you pronounce things. You are the outsider. What a load of crap.
— Infobahn (@Infobahn) September 1, 2015
Outsider? Must we break out the history books?
@VanessaR12News Really why would you say you think you are better than those that only speak English? Not the best way to gain viewers…
— Sherri Sue Fisher (@TimerDiet) September 1, 2015
Like the boss a** anchorwoman that she is, Ruiz responded to her detractors in the classiest of ways: “I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced, and I know that change can be difficult, but it’s normal, and over time I know that everything falls into place.”
She even stuck to her guns in regards to her heritage. “Certain words just sound better when said in their natural way. It really is that simple,” she explained. “I don’t intend to come to Phoenix and do things ‘my way,’ however my goal is to stay authentic to who I am while, hopefully, making our newscasts more open and inclusive to everyone, no matter where they come from.”
Ruiz has since gained numerous of fans, while simultaneously inspiring members of the Latino community. Go ‘head girl.
@VanessaR12News has inspired me to start pronouncing Spanish words (including my last name) the correct way without shame or fear
— Gilbert Romero (@GilbertRomeroAZ) September 2, 2015
Hi @VanessaR12News, thank you for properly pronouncing Spanish words! We all gain from it!
— Nathan Brown (@NathanBrownAZ) September 2, 2015