NEWSFLASH: Gabby Douglas Is MUCH More Than Her Hair

I haven’t watched much of this years Olympics as it’s hard for me to feign interest in events I barely understand, with participants I am hardly familiar with, but for some reason I have been thoroughly plugged into the female gymnastics competition. Maybe it’s because of the fierce competition, the ridiculous pressure an entire country can put on a group of teenage girls, or the fact that this is the stage where I was introduced to my first love, Dominique Dawes. But whatever the reason, I have been tuned in and I’m glad that I’ve been paying attention, namely to see the rise of the amazing 16-year old Black gymnast who is WHOPPING ass right now – Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas. After winning the team all around gold medal, she just became the first African-American to capture the gold in the Individual All Around – yet all some sorry-ass haters could focus on was her hair.

After seeing this absolutely gorgeous young girl take the stage, with all the pressure of the world (literally) on her back, she performed majestically and was CLUTCH as hell in pressure packed situations. Being the only African-American on the team, you would think our community would shower her with love, compliments and praise [which MANY of us did do], but even in a moment of such greatness there HAD to be some clowns in our community to try and ruin it via reckless and stupid tweets:

Now I will save the self-loathing commentary to all the Natural hair sites, but what I want to ask, is why exactly does a teenage female athlete in the Olympics need to be sexy for? Instead of focusing on her incredible balance, strength, muscle definition, stamina, poise and mental toughness, why is anybody focused on her cosmetic appeal? Gabby is a world class athlete performing on the biggest stage of her life – and that stage is NOT on the Bronner Brothers Hair Show.

But as much as we say “people” were hating, let’s keep it real: It was Black women hating on a young Black girl for reasons I can’t understand. Maybe they were just jokes, and many of us bloggers and fans of Gabby are taking this issue too seriously, but for some reason I DON’T think it’s JUST jokes, and I firmly believe that these women actually believe Gabby has as much of a duty to be a great athlete as she does to have sex-appeal – which is disgusting.

But what I REALLY found hilarious this week was the fact that Nicki Minaj, an entertainer who has undergone a LOT of plastic surgery to look palatable to the general public, just released a new video (which I think is actually very good since she’s repping carnival and the West Indies) and the internet was going nuts over it. Funny enough, no one brought up the fact that her lacefront looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet. I think Nicki is absolutely beautiful but I wonder why she felt like rocking the Mickey Mouse hairline in the “Pound The Alarm” video. So Nicki’s above reproach, but a 16-year old world champion is a ripe target?

Gabby is SO much more than her hair, and some of y’all need to get that through your thick skulls.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

49 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    08/03/2012 at 5:06 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Do You Believe People Are RIGHT For Going In On Those Tweeters Who Made Fun Of Gabby's Hair, Or Are We Wrong Because They Are Probably Just Joking Around, But Told Bad Jokes?

  2. mena

    08/03/2012 at 5:47 AM

    I'm going to put this out there and I know that this will cause a problem but blacks have a self hatred like no other when it comes to complexion and hair. That is all.

    There is nothing wrong nor has there ever been anything wrong with her hair. It has always been pulled back (like all the other gymnast) so I can't even see where there is a problem with her hair. I think the problem some have with her lies more in the skin she is in than the hair on her head. If she were the accepted type of beauty, no one would say a word.

    The first time I saw her during the prelims, all I could think was that you could see every single muscle fiber in her body. Also, how in the world were any of those girls, including her, able to perform any of those moves? Her hair was the farthest thing from my radar bc THEY ALL WEAR THE SAME STYLE. Their hair, for the most part, is pulled back and tight.

    It's a shame that black women are attacking her over a style that everyone else is wearing but they are calling her out subconsciously bc of self hate.

  3. mena

    08/03/2012 at 6:27 AM

    Bc a lot of blacks are tired of the whole self hatred angle and some think that its nonexistent. It obviously is still existent when instead of focusing on her technique, people are focusing on her hair which is again pulled back. I'm not understanding why anyone would critique her hair. Everyone had the same style and they go from event to event meaning they are hot and sweaty. I'm surprised they actually wear make up to be quite honest.

  4. Kam

    08/03/2012 at 8:22 AM

    Gabby is beautiful and talented and who give a cr*p about hair when you're an Olympic gold medalist.

    You know what's even funnier one of the girls that are hating is bald! She doesn't even have hair! I swear some people just have that crabs in barrel mentality just have to try to drag you down.

  5. ChloeRayne516

    08/03/2012 at 9:23 AM

    Mannnn, I can't even with this topic again today!!!!!!!!

    *smdhhard*

    We as black people are often times our own worst enemy, we don,t need no help from other races cuz we are doing a terrific job of destroying ourselves.

  6. Adonis

    08/03/2012 at 10:57 AM

    Black women are so catty, Gabby didn't even reach 18 yet, and they are throwing her under the bus.

    As a future father & a fan of (black) people who accomplish great feats, I am proud of Gabby, and the haters need to chill and go accomplish something before talking mess about an Olympic Champion!

  7. ChloeRayne516

    08/03/2012 at 12:56 PM

    Sidenote:

    Umm I don't recall Nicki Minaj being damn near Albino (THAT LIGHT) when she first hit the scene, what is doing to herself??

  8. lincolnanthonyblades

    08/03/2012 at 12:58 PM

    So People Were Focusing On Her Hair While She Was Doing THIS:

    <img src="http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8587vXNXX1qm10fto6_r1_250.gif"&gt;

  9. MistaHarsh

    08/03/2012 at 1:28 PM

    THis is similar to what Oprah did. Bring attention to the most ignorant individuals on earth and they become the representatives of their entire race. Lets not do that. I'd rather you show a list of people congratulating Gabby but I understand that's not as interesting…

    Most people applauded Gabby on her strength, her poise, her talent, and her enamel endowment. Why focus on the looseballs that are the minority. Don't give this slackness a platform. Did you see the people in the twitter list of yours where do I begin – C.Renee how DARE you talk about anyone's appearance.

  10. China

    08/03/2012 at 3:20 PM

    @ Mistaharsh…It’s not that we want to focus on the negative and give it a voice. We want to understand the real issues and change people’s destructive thought process. The black community has many issues. We can’t tackle the issues if we ignore them. People criticizing/joking about a black woman’s hair is a small thing on the surface. Underneath the jokes lies a bigger problem.

  11. daboo18

    08/06/2012 at 4:45 PM

    You know what some black people make me so damn sick! Thats all i can really say because if i say more it will only make me even more mad. I bet the same MF who are dissing on her are the same MF trying to work pay check to check to be somebody; being a basic bitch. This girl has talent and is actually doing her thing, I pray she doesn't take this negativity to heart.

    sorry to talk so harshly but it makes me really sad to see our black community continue to bash one another and not any positive is being showcased. Why is the media focusing on negative bashing. TWITTER NEEDS TO BE PUT DOWN SINCE ITS SO MUCH NIGGERISH GOING ON THERE!

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