Haters Attack Gabby Douglas's Hair Again and Twitter Promptly Claps Back

"Gabby Douglas is doing amazing things for African American gymnasts and all people are focused on is criticizing her hair. Do better people."
Publish date:
August 9, 2016
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Gabby Douglas is currently in Rio competing at the 2016 Olympics and while the world should be completely mesmerized by her athletic prowess, the United States gymnast is yet again being criticized for her hair.

If this all sounds familar, it should. Four years ago when Douglas was busy making Olympic history (she is the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions) the internet exploded with hateful comments referring to her hair as umkempt and unsightly.

Fast forward to Sunday night while the 20-year-old was competing for more Olympic glory and the trolls were back out in full force.

And while the internet trolls are a small fraction of the otherwise positive commentary being shared, we're saddend by the fact that many of these ugly thoughts are coming from the Black community.

But before any of these haters travel further down the road of ignorance, there have been several voices of reason to gather them (aka put them in their place).

Here are just a few of the best clapbacks we've seen.










Now that that's settled, let's get back to cheering on Gabby and the rest of the USA olympians!

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