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Reality Orlando
08-04-2012, 09:36 AM
I am so proud of Gabby "The Flying Squirrel" Douglas and her extraordinary accomplishments in the London Olympics! Gold in the gymnastics all around! Woo hoo!

At the same time I'm disgusted with all the "Tweets" putting down her hair. How sad that such a beautiful young lady with an incredible smile can accomplish so much after so many years, yet ESPN chooses to run with the story about her hair.

Sure, this isn't bullying as defined in Webster's, but I see bullying as anything that is said or done to put down someone and I think this sure qualifies. This young woman had to leave her family to live with another family in order to be able to train for years to get where she is. Her performance was beyond amazing...and all some folks can focus on is her hair?

http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/espnw/story/_/id/8232063/espnw-gabby-douglas-hair-criticized-social-media-sites?ex_cid=2012_espw_ob

"It makes me absolutely sick to see these comments about Gabby's hair," said Swin Cash, the decorated Team USA forward who is in London for her third Olympics. "What sickens me more is that it's mostly people from our own community. She is a beautiful, talented young lady. I hope she ignores the ignorance because she's an Olympic gold medalist. Enough said."

Why did ESPN even need to bring that up? Sure they're bashing the bashing, but still it would have been better buried and her accomplishments heralded. I, too, hope she can look past all the stupidity and ignorance and relish the spotlight. The MSM gets more and more disgusting IMO.

Shelby1
08-04-2012, 10:46 AM
Sheesh, what's wrong with her hair??? I think she's a cutie--and a very very talented girl. She shines out there!

Only4Justice
08-04-2012, 11:09 AM
I have TOTALLY fallen in love with her :woohoo: God Bless her.

I'm willing to bet most of America has. She is beautiful and it shines from the inside out. I'm even willing to bet most of us could care less about her hair.

I don't even watch the Olympics - just saw stories of her on the news.

SyraKelly
08-04-2012, 11:15 AM
She sure does shine-We love you Gabby!!!ESPN-You really need to get a grip!!!

Gardenlady
08-04-2012, 11:20 AM
You can be sure that if a woman is in the spotlight, someone will bring up her appearance. No matter how great her achievements, how hard she works, it will happen.

Secretary of State? Never mind that, she looks awful! And besides, we like her husband better!

Previous secretary of State? She always looks mad! But hey guys, I'd "do her", wouldn't you?!

Former Attorney General? Hah, she looks like a man!

Olympic medalist? Who cares, her hair looks terrible!

Oscar-winning actress? We don't want to see her, she is too old now!

Disgusting. And yes, it is a form of bullying. :twocents:

zippitydoda
08-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Why would this reporter write this crap and give those few insignificant jealous losers a platform - because she is lazy IMO and took the easy route for clicks.

More insulting is her passive aggressive approach, where she, as an African American woman, chose to give this silly matter attention by making it the main focus of her article. She should have never mentioned it, and as a sports writer and not a hair dresser, and simply wrote about Gabby's Gold Medal accomplishments and how Gabby will forever stand as an inspiration for young girls everywhere. No - she wrote about the very thing she chastised those few tweeters for doing. Shame on her.....

Charlie09
08-04-2012, 12:49 PM
She's beautiful, and has the most radiant smile I've seen! My daughter has posters of Bethany Hamilton in her room and just asked last night if we could get some of Gabby too! (Absolutely!)

Reality Orlando
08-04-2012, 02:52 PM
I have the one of her in the air over the balance beam as my screen saver. I'm in awe of talent like that and I think shes' amazing!

JustPeachy
08-04-2012, 03:05 PM
I didn't even notice her hair..all I saw was a beautiful, talented young lady with a million $ smile. Gabby is AWESOME!!

pferrin
08-04-2012, 03:25 PM
Go Gabby

Shelby1
08-05-2012, 12:28 PM
:maddening: Now the Huff Post picked up the story.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/05/gabby-douglas-hair-olympics-2012_n_1743897.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003



I honestly don't get it. Her hair looks just like the other girls!

mysterygirl
08-05-2012, 01:04 PM
HER HAIR?????!

Stupid, ignorant ESPN.........what a joke you are!

She's adorable and her hair looks fine! She just won a gold medal!

This just shows you.........insecure people always want to find fault and imperfection with a winner. It makes them feel better somehow.

LinasK
08-05-2012, 11:30 PM
Aside from the most obvious fact that it takes away from her accomplishments, and breaking through a color barrier, the most ridiculous argument about her hair is because most athletes- gymnasts, swimmers, racers, dancers, etc... wear their hair pulled back in ponytails or buns so that their hair isn't getting in their face while they're performing. Gabby Douglas is beautiful no matter how she wears her hair, and her smile is award winning!!!

HMSHood
08-06-2012, 01:00 PM
Why is her hair an issue. Isn't a gymnast air suppose to be like that as they perform.

LinasK
08-06-2012, 03:43 PM
Why is her hair an issue. Isn't a gymnast air suppose to be like that as they perform.
Yes, they usually have it in buns or pony tails so it doesn't get in their face while they are performing. My daughter's ballet teacher required buns for dance class.

stillwatersc
08-06-2012, 07:27 PM
Yes, they usually have it in buns or pony tails so it doesn't get in their face while they are performing. My daughter's ballet teacher required buns for dance class.
My DD's dance teacher also requires hair pulled back. She says you are not "serious" about dance unless your hair is pulled back. How could someone do gymnastics with their hair flying around?

BetteDavisEyes
08-06-2012, 08:52 PM
No spoiler, I promise, for those of you who have yet to see Gabby compete in the Individual Uneven Bars competition. Douglas wears a spectacular silver metallic leotard!

BethInAK
08-08-2012, 06:05 PM
Like what's important about a gold medalist is her HAIR?

Nova
08-08-2012, 07:46 PM
I keep hearing about this and, for the life of me, I still can't figure out what's wrong with her hair. And now that she's made American sports history, why are we even looking?

Seek&Find
08-09-2012, 05:34 PM
Gabby & fellow inspiration Lauren Scruggs got to meet each other. :)


The interview took place in London's Olympic Village, where Scruggs said she was taking strength from the Games and the perseverance of the athletes. Asked to single out a particular Olympian, Scurggs mentioned all-around gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas who suddenly appeared on camera to give a surprised Scruggs a hug.

"This means so much to me," Douglas, 16, said of Scruggs's comments. (Scruggs had just said of Gabby: "Her style is so sweet.)

"Keep staying strong," Douglas told her. "Keep smiling,"

link (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20619451,00.html)

GarAndTeed
08-09-2012, 05:35 PM
You can be sure that if a woman is in the spotlight, someone will bring up her appearance. No matter how great her achievements, how hard she works, it will happen.

Secretary of State? Never mind that, she looks awful! And besides, we like her husband better!

Previous secretary of State? She always looks mad! But hey guys, I'd "do her", wouldn't you?!

Former Attorney General? Hah, she looks like a man!

Olympic medalist? Who cares, her hair looks terrible!

Oscar-winning actress? We don't want to see her, she is too old now!

Disgusting. And yes, it is a form of bullying. :twocents:

Just hitting the "thanks" button wasn't enough to respond appropriately to this excellent post. You totally hit the proverbial nail on the head! Sad...

Snick1946
08-12-2012, 10:36 AM
I didn't hear about the hair. I am aware though that some 'talk show' host has been criticizing her for not being more 'patriotic' in her attire. Seems some folks think all our USA contestants should have the stars and stripes all over their outfits. Ridiculous..

resqx
08-12-2012, 02:22 PM
exactly....who the hell was looking at her hair? shes a pretty girl and an incredible gymnast...jealous i guess :rocker: gabby rocks!

LinasK
08-12-2012, 02:34 PM
I didn't hear about the hair. I am aware though that some 'talk show' host has been criticizing her for not being more 'patriotic' in her attire. Seems some folks think all our USA contestants should have the stars and stripes all over their outfits. Ridiculous..
Well, I am puzzled by whomever chose the pink leotards for Team USA, pretty as they were, I can at least understand a solid color- red, white, or blue...