How Gabby Douglas Outshined Her Hair Criticism

How Gabby Douglas Outshined Her Hair Criticism

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Gabby Douglas may be All-American gold medalist, a strong contender for one of the most decorated American gymnastics teams, and the first African American in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion: but that doesn’t make her edges less susceptible to online trolling, and cyber- bullying. Yes, her edges!

Since the official 2016 Olympic coverage began in Rio on August 5, Douglas has competed in multiple events, but instead of celebrating her success, Gabby is “devastated” after calling it quits and ending her Olympic career.

After a 4-year hiatus, many Olympic watchers excitably tuned in to watch Douglas perform but instead of Gabby receiving the All-American support she received during the last Olympic games, the 20-year old was ambushed with a barrage of backlash about her edges not being “laid” enough while competing.

Thousands of critics flocked to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to give shoot off their harsh opinions of Gabby’s signature ponytail and held nothing back.




Remarks like those, coupled with thousands more slamming Douglas for not placing her over her heart while receiving the gold medal with teammates have all lead to Douglas wanting out of the Olympic games, for good.

During a recent interview with ESPN, Douglas responded to the negative social media commentary saying, “I tried to stay off the internet because there’s just so much negativity…Either it was about my hair or my hand not over my heart [on the medal podium] or I look depressed. … It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with.”

And hurtful it does seem, since fans empathized with Gabby and attempted to come to her defense:


Celebrity comedian, Leslie Jones, also started the #LOVE4GABBYUSA hashtag movement for Gabby in hopes to lighten. Jones’ tweet attracted the support from thousands of Twitter followers, including celebs like Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union and Timberland.


Do you think Gabby’s hair outweighed her stellar Olympic accomplishments? We think we know the answer, but give feedback!

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