Douglas has received criticism for things that do not pertain to her athletic ability or her performance in Rio. After Douglas completed her final routine last Sunday, ESPN reported that she choked back tears when asked about the level of criticism she's gotten back home.
"I tried to stay off the Internet because there's just to much negativity," Douglas reportedly said. "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."
Question: If you wouldn't want someone to comment on your hair, how you look, or your facial expressions, why say, "Will someone please smack that disrespectful look off Gabby Douglas face!" or "Just because you didn't make the all-around finals doesn't mean you have to be a disrespectful bitch Gabby Douglas!" or lastly, "Can somebody do something about Gabby Douglas hair please?"
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Despite whether you feel like Douglas should have put her hand over her chest or that her facial expression(s) could've been better, that minute stuff shouldn't matter. Small stuff like that which is getting the majority of attention takes away from the bigger picture; the supreme level of accomplishment that has encompassed Douglas throughout her career. In case you need a refresher, let me tell you the ways in which Douglas has displayed a tremendous amount of #BlackGirlMagic:
- She is the first African-American woman to win the individual all around Olympic gold
- She is a role model to girls who aspire to follow in her footsteps
- She comes from humble beginnings
- She's written not one but two books and
- She has her own Barbie doll!
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