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US news anchor greets audience in Spanish on Memorial Day; unapologetically tells off critics

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A television news anchor in Texas fired back at critical viewers with a sarcastic social media post.

Houston’s ABC 13 anchor, Mayra Moreno, annoyed some people when she greeted viewers in Spanish on Memorial Day. Though her “Buenos Dias” on the morning broadcast earned criticism from some viewers, Moreno was not apologetic, posting a comment and photo on Facebook and Twitter.

Her Facebook post included the caption:

“‪#‎Oops‬ Apparently this morning I upset some people after I greeted our viewers with a simple ‪#‎BuenosDías‬ after my coanchor wished everyone a ‪#‎GoodMorning‬. Some decided it was uncalled for and unAmerican especially on ‪#‎MemorialWeekend‬ when we are supposed to honor those who died serving our country. Didn’t realize that this day and age a simple 2 word phrase would upset some people. ‪#‎WeAreAllAmerican‬ ‪#‎LetsStopTheHate‬ ‪#‎HispanicsAlsoDiedForAmerica‬”

Moreno’s cultural pride is quite evident as her Twitter bio says she is a “Latina blessed to be a TV anchor/reporter in her hometown.” The ABC 13 website page for the anchor notes that “Mayra loves being involved in the Hispanic community.”

Though some were critical of her on-air greeting and subsequent social media posts, many responded with overwhelming support.

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