Was former Miss Universe Alicia Machado really fat-shamed by Donald Trump? Reports are saying CNN was the one who blew up the story!
Former 1996 Miss Universe and Venezuelan beauty Alicia Machado is now in the news again after she was brought to topic in the recent U.S. presidential debate.
Hillary Clinton said that the beauty queen was fat-shamed by Donald Trump when he called him “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” after she was crowned because she is a Latina.
Donald Trump, who headed the Miss Universe pageant, did not deny that he noticed the beauty queen’s weight gain back then. Trump said that she “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”
But while Donald Trump was being criticized because of his comments in the past, some noted that news network CNN was the one who first fat-shamed Machado, Fox News said.
In a news report in 1997, CNN wrote an article saying, “When Alicia Machado of Venezuela was named Miss Universe nine months ago, no one could accuse her of being the size of the universe.”
Written by CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos, the network added, “But as her universe expanded, so did she, putting on nearly 60 pounds.”
— CNN (@CNN) September 28, 2016
Now, it seemed like CNN is denouncing the “fat-shaming” article they wrote and seemed to have been siding the beauty queen.
— Marie (@MarieLeff) September 28, 2016
Some Twitter users noted that Alicia Machado has been profiled by media outlets several days before former secretary of state Hillary Clinton dropped her name in the debate.
This caused speculations saying some media outlets have been in talks with Hilary Clinton.
— Luchia (@LuvLuchia) September 28, 2016
— Toni Walch 📎 (@saturnsinferno1) September 28, 2016