Gabby Douglas suddenly shot to fame when she won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, but there was a dark side to her success as she suddenly found herself targeted by social media trolls.
This year saw Gabby finish seventh in the uneven bars final, but it was the growing criticism on social media that has really hurt her.
It began when she didn’t place her hand over her heart during the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ then continued when cameras caught her sitting quietly while the rest of Team USA were cheering on Aly Raisman. This latest online attack follows criticism of Douglas for any number of reasons – including her hair!
However, Gabby has had enough, as she revealed:
“I apologize if that made me seem to be really mad in the stands. I was supporting Aly. I will always will support them and respect them. I don’t want anyone to take it as jealous or I wanted attention. Never. I support them and I’m sorry I wasn’t showing it.”
“When they talk about my hair or not putting my hand over my heart or being very salty in the stands, really criticizing me … for me it was really hurtful. Did I choose my hair texture? No. I’m grateful for having this hair on my head. When you read that hurtful stuff you’re like ‘OK, wow.'”
However, despite the criticism she has faced on social media, Gabby has no regrets about returning for a second Olympics, as she revealed:
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