While Gabby Douglas Was Flying For Gymnastics Gold, People Blast Her Hair!

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Clearly, the Twitter population has too much free time on their hands! So while Gabby Douglas was busy at the Olympics finals flying and sweating her eyes out for the Gymnastics Golden Medal (congrats Gabby! You made history today!), some Twitters were also busy with criticizing Gabby Douglas’ hair. She’s 16, people! And she just won the Golden Metal for the US, the first black gymnast to do so! Ever! And you worry about her hair. Seriously? {Huffingtonpost}

Gabby Douglas Olympic Gold Gymnastics hair controversy


#1 Ellington on 08.03.12 at 7:13 am

Congratulations to Gabby! : )

When I read and saw this it really angered me. The negative comments were from Black Americans. Yes it is true Black people from all over have a very storied and angst ridden history with hair, but what was Tweeted to Gabby was foolish, disrespectful and just plain janky.

Twitter seems to be the platform for the vapid and obtuse. A lot of really idiotic things get said on that forum, by people who do not seem to think before they tweet. : (

#2 kpriss on 08.03.12 at 8:09 am

Exactly! Most of them were African American, who should’ve felt proud of what Gabby did. Instead, they were unsatisfied with how she styled her hair?

how’s that honoring what she did, her hard work and her age? After all, she’s just 16!

#3 Riana on 08.04.12 at 6:56 am

She did a wonderful job I enjoyed it so much and it is so well deserved. Congrats to Gabby. I can care less what someone does look in sport at the OS. Only their hard work counts to me. No matter what country they from, no matter what their race is. I just don’t care.
(Of course I am happy when a Dutch wins that’s natural.)

I read this too. It saddened me deeply. Twitter is a nasty platform most of the time.

The Cut did criticised all the gymnast girl’s hairstyling by the way.

#4 kpriss on 08.04.12 at 7:09 am

of course they did! What else was there to be said from theCut people?

If not for the hairstyle, I’m sure they would’ve criticized their earrings / costumes / makeup.

Btw: did you notice Komova’s button earrings? so cute!

#5 Riana on 08.04.12 at 7:41 am

No I didn’t….oops :)

#6 Riana on 08.04.12 at 3:54 pm

Hmm, another thing about some commenters at The Cut who like to be nasty at times on the internet those who use the name eur*trash. I find it offensive. No moderators there alas. I never hit back at them being a Dutch European. Next time I read I will. Of course in a stylish way. What is eur*trash? Is that common in the US? Or the UK? Noticed some Brits use it as well.

On a happier note I know there is not Dutch Michael Phelps, so congrats to the Americans of course. I am really proud at our (Dutch) swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo. Three times gold!!! Awesome!!! Her father is from Suriname (Java descent), her mother a Dutch from the north of our country. Haha, some Dutch cannot pronounce her last name. I can :D

#7 Diyana on 08.05.12 at 1:10 am


This is really ridicule.
The girl was so busy doing something big, who care about her hair, I did’nt even think about looking at her hair.

I noticed that African-Americans has a big hairproblem.
They should maybe check Chris Rock’s movie?

I’m so proud of her.
In general I was so proud of the quality delivered buy all african descent people.

#8 Riana on 08.05.12 at 9:30 am

Women no matter what race, nationality or age are (often) their own worse enemy.

Let’s face it what do we do all the time? We judge other women looks all the time. Or most of the time. Including myself.

So let’s see whom I can criticise today ;)

Diyana, nice to see you around by the way. You do not recognize me don’t you? I skipped some letters from my name. I hope you are fine and happy.
Groetjes! ;) :)

#9 Diyana on 08.05.12 at 10:43 am

Natuurlijk, ik herinner me u.

Thanks I’m fine and Happy, I hope the same for you.

I do criticise too.

#10 kpriss on 08.05.12 at 12:15 pm

criticizing can sometimes be beneficial… but criticizing a 16yo’s hair? Come on? It’s a teen, before being such an amazing gymnast! Of course she’s straightening her hair!

When I was her age, I only dreamed of having my own hair straightener… So what, if you’re winning the Olympics, you’re not supposed to live your own age?

That’s what worries me more: if she’s a gymnast, should we forget that she’s also a human being? Merely a child?

#11 Riana on 08.06.12 at 6:43 am

We shouldn’t pay attention to people who love to abuse the internet for their own frustrations. Not give them more attention, not give them a a huge stage. It’s to far too much ‘honour’. Gabby is a golden medal Olympic winner and that’s the only thing of real great importance.

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