Gabby Douglas: ‘I Just Made History And People Are Focused On My Hair?’
12:07 pm, August 6th | by Laura Donovan
I’ve come to a rather sad conclusion in recent weeks: High school never really ends. You want to know why? Because people still find it perfectly acceptable to attack others for the way they look. More specifically, adults take pleasure in laughing at the expense of 16-year-old Olympic champion Gabby Douglas. She’s at the age where this kind of harassment is often expected from low-life peers, but she agrees it was ridiculous for others to focus on her hair after she landed her second gold medal in three days.
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?” Douglas said of her poorly-received pulled-back style. “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.”
The teenager has chosen to rise above the pettiness and will not give in to critics:
“Nothing is going to change. I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
Bullied kids everywhere should follow suit: Don’t change who you are simply to quiet the roar of jealous, shallow haters.