It’s been 4 years since the London Summer Olympics where, unfortunately, people brought more attention to the way Gabby Douglas wore her hair than the fact that she was the first black gymnast in Olympic history to win the individual all-around title.
As this year’s Olympics is currently taking place in Rio, apparently some people just can’t let it go.
Many individuals took to Twitter their opinions of her hair.
— Heat Fan in Spirit (@KingJohnLove) August 8, 2016
Okay but why is Gabby Douglas hair never done?
— cake (@_jauna_) August 10, 2016
Gabby Douglas is pretty af but her hair…
— 1011Keelo™ (@1011Keelo) August 7, 2016
It saddens me that some cannot understand that she is not in a beauty pageant, but she is competing in a serious sporting event.
Those who are natural know the struggle of keeping your edges laid, especially when working out. Sweat causes our hair to curl up and not be as sleek. It is what it is.
If she was focused more on her appearance instead of her craft it is possible that she would be distracted and fail miserably. And personally, I don’t blame her for not caring about her edges being laid while she’s tumbling, flying through the air, and doing hop on slim balancing beams. Hair should be the last of her worries.
I’m just saying, let the girl live. Can we not mature and move past this? Why must some remain in this crab mentality where they pull people down instead of cheering them on for doing a great job?
She has performed extremely well and, similarly to the situation in London, instead of focusing on that an uproar of a response to her hair and edges has commenced.
Don’t forget that she has feelings too. And we all definitely know that when she is not competing she knows how to slay!
Let’s build up and encourage one another and not tear down. —By the way congratulations on winning gold last night!