Friday, August 3, 2012

Gabby Douglas - A Hair Story in the making

I just watched history being made today as 16-year-old Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas led the US women’s gymnastics team to its 1st gold medal since 1996.

This was truly a cause to celebrate, but I also heard some disturbing news. Instead of a much-deserved celebration, Gabby has been in the middle of a firestorm of cruel and unjust criticism on Twitter. About her hair of all things!

Apparently here's the story

Gabby Douglas’s hair has been the topic of a ton of e-chatter for the past few days. After the 16-year-old Olympian sported a gelled-down ponytail – much like the ‘do’s of her fellow gymnasts – black Twitter lit up with comments from both men and women, complaining that her hair looked unkempt

I am deeply saddened by these comments and this kind of cruel and unjust criticism has got to stop. Gabby is a child and she’s an athlete. Her hair isn’t going to look like she just stepped out of a salon. And frankly even if it did, these same narrow minded people would probably be talking about that too!

Congratulations to Gabby for her phenomenal accomplishment. I hope she won’t let any of the “haters” get her down.

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