By: A.J. Niles
Gabby Douglas’ hair is still a hot debate despite the fact that she just made Olympic history. Gymnast Gabby Douglas winning a gold medal in the Gymnastics All-Around final in London was an amazing feat, but days later folks are still talking about her hair. She was the first African-American to win the gold medal in this event and she captured the hearts of many African-Americans and all Americans in general. Gabby was also the latest African-American to earn gold medals in Gymnastics since Dominique Dawes won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Despite any of this, many people witnessed a controversy that involved Gabby Douglas being criticized by her own people for her hair style.
Somehow, many people surprisingly took to social networks to criticize Gabby and her hair. Many of them felt her hair was un-kept and looked unpresentable for a person on the world stage.
After Gabby was won her medal and caught wind of the said criticism, she issued a response that reeked of a focused, IDGAF attitude about the critics of her hair.
USA TODAY Sports’ Kelly Whiteside reports:
“I don’t know where this is coming from.Where is it coming from? What’s wrong with my hair? I just simply gelled it back, put some clips it and put it in a bun. Are you kidding me? I just made history? And you’re focusing on my hair? I just want to say we’re all beautiful inside out. Nothing is going to change,” she said. Her hair will remain the same in her next two competitions in bars and beams.
With a mature and dignified response, it is no surprise as to how she was able to focus and execute her routines the way she did to win a gold medal. Gabby Douglas’ hair should have never been an issue. And from the pictures that myself and others have seen, we are dumbfounded of the hair criticism, she looked fine. She looked and performed gracefully and represented not just African-Americans in a very dignified way, but she represented America very well. So why all the fuss for Gabby Douglas’ hair?
The worst thing about this criticism is that she was receiving it from mainly people who looked like her; African-American women.
But this silly controversy shows the world that Gabby is able to rise above it all…while others can only sit and discuss someone else’s hair.