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Leave Gabby Douglas’ Hair Alone! She Won Gold: Enough Said

Fri, August 10, 2012 11:11am EDT by 10 Comments
Gabby Douglas Hair

Our Olympic all-around gold medalist should be receiving praise for making America proud at the 2012 Olympic Games. Instead, she’s getting criticized on the way she wore her hair. Here’s what I have to say on this matter!

Few things get me really riled up. But after reading about Gabby Douglas, 16, getting criticized for the way she wore her hair during the gymnastics competitions, I cannot sit back and let this hating go on!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, Gabby Douglas just made history for being a) the first African American women’s all-around gold medalist and b) part of the USA’s all-around gold medal team. These are some amazing accomplishments– feats that the average person could never dream of achieving.

If you watched Gabby and the rest of the girls on the US team compete, as I did, you would’ve seen young women handling themselves with tremendous grace under pressure. Their leaps and flips and turns were awe-inspiring.

The amount of grueling practice it took for Gabby (mind you at 16 years old) to get up in front of the world stage and compete with the poise and elegance of a woman well beyond her years is a feat in itself.

This brings me to the crux of my anger: To think that anyone would be focusing on her hair during her gold medal-winning performances is the most disrespectful thing I can imagine, and those haters should be ashamed of themselves.

When I first read about the Twitter-sphere debate about Gabby’s hair, I was aghast not only because people were fixating on her hair, but also because there was absolutely nothing to criticize! She wore her hair back in a ponytail exactly the way most of the other gymnasts wore their hair!

I barely have time to do my own hair in the morning. To think that Gabby would be expected to tidy her tresses in between events when she has to mentally prepare to flip, let alone walk, on a 4-inch beam is beyond me!

Gabby has devoted her short young life to achieving something most of the world could never do–who cares about her hair!!

What matters most is Gabby made America proud. She represented our country in the best way possible, had a brilliant smile on her face throughout the entire games, and has the grace of a champion in and out of the gym.

To be honest, I didn’t even notice her hair!

HollywoodLifers, do you agree with me about this ridiculous issue? Sound off below!

–Jennifer Tzeses

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