By Jennifer Lee, EnStarz | Aug 06, 2012 02:36 PM EDT
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has reacted to the comments regarding her hair. Gabby Douglas' hair hit the headlines following her gold medal victory in the individual and team all-around competition. Despite winning 2 Olympic gold medals for USA, loads of people decided to poke at the state of her hair, rather than her amazing achievements.
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The inspirational 16 year old is only the second black American to ever make the United States' Olympic gymnastics team, and is also one of the most talented gymnasts in America. However, rather than be proud of this amazing athlete, people took to twitter to criticize her hair.
@stephaniebabe93 tweeted, "I know every black female looked at gabby douglas' hair and asked Why? Just why?"
@MessyMeil said, "So for real though nobody wanted to go to London to do Gabby Douglas' hair?
Now the Olympian has responded to the criticism in a USA Today report. Douglas said: "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." She continued: "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."
Twitter users had quickly come to Gabby's defense in light of the hair bullying.
@SPmusik tweeted, "People busy talking about Gabby Douglas not having her hair done?? She's busy sweating & WINNING GOLD MEDALS.. you're on TWITTER. Right."
@theQueenParks added, "Gabby Douglas The First African American to Win the Gold Olympic Medal in the Women's All-Around, & all y'all can talk about is her hair -_-"
Douglas' mother also responded to the comments. She told former Olympian Dominique Dawes in a recent interview: "When I first saw that I was so confused, because I looked at the pictures and I'm thinking, 'I'm missing it.' A lot of people don't realize sometimes when you put your hair in the bun when you're tumbling at the speed at which you're tumbling it's so fast. A lot of times it spins right out or if it's too long it could whip you in the face."
Dawes, who was part of Team USA"s "magnificent seven" and brought home the gold in 1996, also could not understand where the criticism is coming from. "As an athlete you're not focused on your appearance or you're not going to make those historic achievements that your daughter was able to make," she said.
Whatever the disgraceful critics claim, a massive majority of Americans are proud of Gabby Douglas and when she returns to the United States she will be sure to get a hero's welcome, as well as be remembered in American sporting history as a top Olympian gold medalist.
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