Why We Need to Move Past the Gabby Douglas’ Hair Controversy
Last week, millions of people viewed the talented Gabby Douglas as she took gold in the women’s all around gymnastics as well as team gymnastics competition in the 2012 London Olympics. A week later, she performed quite poorly in the individual competition stoking concerns about her personal life. What shocked many, which in itself is shocking, was the backlash she received about her…umm…hair?
What other Olympians have had to respond to such a silly media uproar in the midst of competition (See her response here. See her mother’s response here)? Was anyone else disappointed that Gabby Douglas gassed out on her last two performances? If you watched, you could see she looked defeated and lacked confidence. A week earlier, she won all around gold and team gold, setting two records and making a name for herself. A week later, she looks like a scared little amateur with no accolades to her name.
Why? Because her community came out about her hair rather than her accomplishments… Every other community ran out in the streets uproariously supporting their athletes, good or bad. What did we do? Start a ridiculous hair controversy. Never mind the sacrifices this young lady and her family have made to represent us all on the Olympic Stage. We are concerned about her clipped back, bunned hair…wow. That is just embarrassing.
Folks, that’s what hate does to people. You take someone full of promise and you knock them down to make yourself, your inefficiencies and insecurities seem smaller. When in actuality, everyone loses when any one person hates on another.
Let’s just hope that when she gets home she uses this experience to build herself up rather than tear herself down. What a tragedy it would be if she lost focus on her goals and started focusing on something fleeting, useless, and trivial, like, I don’t know, say, her hair…
Here is what recent twitter sensation Jasmine Waiters has to say on this subject:
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