Gabby Douglas shit the bed at this year's Olympics, and rather than blame the fact that, like all women these days, Olympic gymnasts hit the wall hard in their late teens and from that point on are only of any use to their children, she alluded to the fact that she'd been criticized on the Internets, suggesting not only that she found this to be hurtful, but that it may have affected her performance.
The other day, there was a minor controversy having to do with the fact that she didn't put her hand over her heart during the national anthem, which is understandable both because I didn't even know that was a thing you're supposed to do, and I'm 35 years young, and because let's not forget whose national anthem this was. There was quite literally a race riot in progress during this national anthem. If you listened closely, you could hear the bombs bursting in air over the dulcet tones of some budget Christina Aguilera (as if the real Christina Aguilera has shit else to do these days).
And then I guess she didn't appear to be sufficiently supportive during some of her teammates' performances. She was probably upset that they were on their way to winning multiple gold medals, while she only got a gold medal for being part of the best team in the world, i.e. the American team, natch. In the one individual event she competed in, according to the updates I receive on my phone, unsolicited (consent is key), she came in seventh, which, as far as I'm concerned is sixth loser.
I didn't see any of this, because I work seven days a week now, and there's better teenagers you can look at on the Internets even if I wasn't; I only read about it in the article I skimmed before I wrote this, after reading on Twitter that black women are upset that black women have been criticizing Gabby Douglas. (Wait, what?) The lovely McKayla Maroney copped a stank attitude after losing in the last Olympics, but no one gave a shit because it was fucking adorable. Gabby Douglas' bitch-face must not have been as cute. She must have looked like she'd been harboring resentment against her teammates for shit that didn't have anything to do with gymnastics.
Could it be the way the other girls' hair lies down? Many an intrepid reporter has pointed out the fact that Black People Twitter made fun of Gabby's hair back in 2012, and that may have had something to do with this. Killer Mike wrote an entire essay-as-Instagram-caption, complete with multiple disclaimers, on how black people's hair is short and nappy on purpose, to keep our heads cool, lest we go off on someone, and all hair is beautiful, regardless of how long or full it is.
That's not really true, but it is true that (a) there's nothing at all wrong with Gabby Douglas' hair, and (b) so what if there was? Guys don't give a shit how a girl's hair looks anyway, unless their gay, in which case they've probably got HIV anyway. I consulted the Google to see what Gabby Douglas' hair looked like in 2012, and in the absolute worst picture it hardly looked any worse than it did in the very best picture, which was perfectly fine. It wasn't especially good, but it wasn't especially bad either. If it was a little bit out of place, that was because she was competing in the MFN Olympics. Duh!
So there's nothing at all wrong with how Gabby Douglas looks. (Though it would be nice if she were white. LOL) Her attitude, on the other hand, is inexcusable. I didn't see whatever it was she was doing during her teammates performances, but I read the interview after she lost, and even that was a bit much for me personally. She was going on how about how much abuse she's received via the Internets (a perfectly valid form of abuse) and how strong she's had to be to put up with it.
Here's the thing: If you're copping a stank attitude on TV and then giving yourself credit for being able to withstand hurtful tweets, you're not being strong. Real strength is not having to be interviewed about what was wrong with you at the Olympics in the first place. This is of more concern to me than how her hair looks. The reason the girls on Black People Twitter don't seem to be as concerned is because many of them engage in the same bullshit, patting themselves on the back for their strength and independence while taking their problems out on everyone else.