It’s no surprise Gabby Douglas — the Olympic gymnast who stole our hearts in London in 2012 and continues to be a force on the floor, vault, beam, and bars — has been making headlines during the Rio Olympics. Douglas is strong, talented, and part of the U.S. Gymnastics Team’s “Final Five,” alongside superstars Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, and Madison Kocian.
But Douglas hasn’t been popping up in the news because of her shiny new Olympic medal — instead, she’s getting attacked and bullied by fans and commentators alike. First, she was criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. Then, she was berated for not adequately cheering in the stands during the competition’s All-Around finals, with people on Twitter claiming she was “throwing shade” and was clearly jealous of her teammates. Then, people complained about her hair. (Seriously, people?)
So when reporters asked Douglas how the social media backlash was affecting her, it’s no surprise Douglas responded earnestly and tearfully, saying it was “hurtful” and that it “doesn’t feel very good.”
The upside? Now #love4gabbyUSA is trending — now that’s something we can get behind. Douglas is undoubtedly one of the greatest gymnasts of all-time (and was the first African-American gymnast to win the all-around gold medal for the USA)
Join the Gabby love-fest by sharing your support for Douglas on Twitter and Instagram. You go, girl.