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?

    • petersburgh

      08/03/2012 at 7:37 AM

      Every one is entitled to their own opinion. Good. Here's mine, they are retarded. Not only about joking about her hair but this kind of attention may negatively affect her concentration. Have any of these freaks did the uneven bar while wondering about what stupid people say about their hair? The pic you have here Lincoln is the first I have ever seen of her and I don't really care about it either. You freaks big up rappers with -10 IQs, go down on them to get backstage and you don't fuss up about their hair, lips, big guts but a young woman who is representing her country you want to make fun at. That's not the conversation I want to be in. I'm out

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        08/03/2012 at 12:26 PM

        Co-Sign

      • iluvwhoiluv

        08/03/2012 at 12:27 PM

        Preach on petersburgh!

      • NurseJilly

        08/03/2012 at 12:58 PM

        Well said sir!!

    • iluvwhoiluv

      08/03/2012 at 12:27 PM

      They are retarded. The whole attention to Gabby's hair ticked me off so much I wrote my own blog about it yesterday.
      http://n0labels.blogspot.com/2012/08/history-vs-h

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        08/03/2012 at 12:58 PM

        Good Read!

  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.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      08/03/2012 at 5:57 AM

      Why Do You Think That First Comment Would Cause A Problem? I Have Actually Been Hearing That A Lot In The Wake Of This Whole Fiasco.

    • ChloeRayne516

      08/03/2012 at 9:18 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."

      Girl… Say that!!!!!

      I am still disbelief and awe her ponytail was such a hot topic.. like for real ya'll I mean the hurtful and nasty comments that were made was uncalled for. WE GOT TO DO BETTER!!!!!

      • iluvwhoiluv

        08/03/2012 at 12:30 PM

        Yes ChloeRayne, We Do.

        Can all of those complaining about the hair have one-sixteenth of Gabby's ability? Do they have gold medals? Are they making history?

        Until they do, they can just shut the h-e-l-l up….

        And adults going in hard on a 16 year old…they should be ashamed!

        • NurseJilly

          08/03/2012 at 1:00 PM

          "they should be ashamed"… Exactly!!

    • Adonis

      08/03/2012 at 10:55 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.

      Full stop. Black WOMEN have issues with complexion & hair, and project those issues to errbody else.

      Black male have money issues for the most part

      • mena

        08/03/2012 at 11:39 AM

        Black men perpetuate the problem just as much. Please stop.

        • Adonis

          08/03/2012 at 11:45 AM

          Explain.

          • mena

            08/03/2012 at 2:22 PM

            http://blackgirlsareeasy.com/2012/06/black-men-ai…. NC-17 does a much better job than i ever could. Scroll down and read "why are black men color stroked?"

          • mena

            08/03/2012 at 2:24 PM

          • Adonis

            08/03/2012 at 2:27 PM

            Mena, @8plus9 & I agree, yes lightskin is in, but NO ONE, NO ONE is throwing away pretty dark skin girls, and a native from NYC, top shelf DSGs are not losing by any margin… They just want more attention like the LSGs.

            It vanity at its highest,

          • mena

            08/03/2012 at 2:47 PM

            I actually am ageeing with you here. But what i am saying is that the problem is with women AND men. Not just women. Men perpetuate the problem as well. Maybe not amongst themselves as men but they do when it comes to women. So i agree with you here but disagree with your earlier point.

    • iluvwhoiluv

      08/03/2012 at 12:29 PM

      I was in such awe at her amazing conditioning and her ability….who gives a crap about her hair? No flack on what you said, mena, because it is absolutely true.

    • MistaHarsh

      08/03/2012 at 1:12 PM

      There is an issue but lets have some perspective here: There's complexion issues facing the Indian and asian communities as well. We might not be aware of the depth of it because we're not part of that community. This self-hatred is not exclusive to black people

      • mena

        08/03/2012 at 1:59 PM

        I really don't like this argument. I get it though but still, we are talking about the black community. When people use this line, it seems to be used as a way to deflect negative attention from us.

        • MistaHarsh

          08/03/2012 at 2:43 PM

          Not deflecting. When we focus our attention on the negative we create more negative energy. I'm sure you stay away from negative people and associate with postive friends because too much negative WILL affect you. You want positive people around you to uplift you. It would benefit the community to take the same approach. If you notice whats happening from news to media to twitter to wshh its straight ratchedness. This is what our children see how can they strive for better when they know more about The Danzig murder than of positive accomplishments like Fitzroy Gordon's. If we heard more(not just one) of those stories we'd know we can reach for the stars, we'd know we're productive members of society, we'd know there's more avenues than sports and entertainment to make an honest fruitful living. Like I said previously its hope that's lacking….sorry for writing so much…

          • mena

            08/03/2012 at 2:49 PM

            No. I see your point and you are right. I stick with the positive and i understand where you are coming from. I can agree with your point here.

          • Adonis

            08/03/2012 at 2:53 PM

            Assuming that men perpetuate the problem, I hope you are directing your attention to WHITE MEN.

            And if you want to talk about the Alpha Black Men (some who are at the mercy of who signs their checks in the music industry & black women support 100%) that you are attracted to, then look there also.

            Also, look to the mothers & absent fathers in these children's lives.

            Alright I'm done.

          • mena

            08/03/2012 at 3:25 PM

            I don't even know what you are talking about so ok.

  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.

    • Smilez_920

      08/03/2012 at 8:07 AM

      Some of it is self hate but the other part Is people just being lost. A lot of the younger generation don't know their history, so when someone like Gabby makes an accomplishment this big they can't comprehen what it means. Alot of young women dont like themselves, their more worried about having a fat a$$ than achieving their dream outside of looking cute.

      Like gabby wasn't at a award show where having your hair done would be expected, she was in an athletic competition smh … Everytime my people take one step ahead someone tries to push us two steps back.

      • mena

        08/03/2012 at 8:18 AM

        More like 3 steps back. The first time I saw the comment I was like "this chick is doing flips off of beams! Who cares how her hair looks?!? It also looks like everyone else's.!" But seriously, I thought having your hair pulled back was part of the uniform and was standard.

      • lincolnanthonyblades

        08/03/2012 at 12:28 PM

        You Can't Put It All On The Younger Generation…Being Lost Affects Grown Ass Adults Too

      • iluvwhoiluv

        08/03/2012 at 12:31 PM

        Co-signing on that, Smilez_920

  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.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      08/03/2012 at 12:28 PM

      Real Talk.

    • iluvwhoiluv

      08/03/2012 at 12:31 PM

      Yeah, I saw that stuff too….that chic wishes she had some hair to gel 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.

    • iluvwhoiluv

      08/03/2012 at 12:32 PM

      Yes!

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      08/03/2012 at 12:33 PM

      It's Sad That We Have To Address It. Hopefully After Her Last Event It Will Be Done And Over With.

  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!

    • iluvwhoiluv

      08/03/2012 at 12:32 PM

      Well said, Adonis…well said.

    • lincolnanthonyblades

      08/03/2012 at 12:32 PM

      Granted It's Not The Majority Of Black Women Talking LIke This, But IT's Definitely Concerning That Any Are At All.

  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??

    • MistaHarsh

      08/03/2012 at 1:56 PM

      lol true talk

    • mena

      08/03/2012 at 1:59 PM

      I thought the same thing actually. But…oh well.

  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;

    • up4dsn

      08/04/2012 at 3:00 AM

      That's nutz! I honestly don't understand how doing some of the most memorable and positive moments of history people insist on focusing on the negative and irrelevant. That truly sickens me. The focus should be on this young woman's talent…that's all. That's the only thing that matters and that is being showcased.

      I'm with you, it saddens me that black women in particular would take to Twitter, or any medium, to berate or 'joke' about this young woman who was doing something constructive and historical. It truly saddens me.

  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.

    • MistaHarsh

      08/03/2012 at 7:22 PM

      I know what your saying but we cannot tackle all issues or get everyone on one level of thought. But if we can establish our self-worth from constant positive reminders of how productive we have been and can be, we'll have hope and a child with hope can do amazing things.

  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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