I was disgusted and surprise when I found out that BLACK women were on the social networks complaining about Gabby Douglas hair. Numerous tweets and fb updates were posted about Gabby hair being unkept and that she needed a perm. I could not believe it. Here was this 16-year-old who made history by being the first African-American gymnast to win an individual gold medal in the all-around event and also helped the United States win the Gold in team competition. Despite these accomplishment some were more concern about the way she wore her hair.
Well Gabby responded to her hair critics saying that it can be bald or short it doesn’t matter I just made history.
The 16-year-old said yesterday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look.
‘I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?’ said Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition. ‘I’m like, “I just made history and people are focused on my hair?” It can be bald or short, it doesn’t matter about [my] hair.
Douglas uses gel, clips and a ponytail holder to keep things in place while she competes, a style she’s worn for years.
‘Nothing is going to change,’ she said. ‘I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.’
Critics have argued that her dark locks should in fact mimic the tight, ballerina-style bun that gymnasts usually tuck their hair into.
‘I don’t think people should be worried about that,’ she said. ‘We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.’
Do we hate each other that much that only thing we see is our sister appearances and not her accomplishments?
The emancipation of black women is held back by other black women…Not men or other races.