Social media loudmouths as well as official commentators who get personal about Olympians actually say more about their own shortcomings than they do about the contestants that they criticize.
These days many critics seem to want to make names for themselves by attacking whatever popular name will give their tirades greater SEO visibility.
Sadly there have always been, and will always be, those who feel a need to scrutinize and criticize celebrities, especially those as charismatic as Gabby Douglas. As the saying goes, “haters gonna hate.”
Jealousy and/or self-loathing is what I suspect drives most haters.
Gabby Douglas is young, gifted and beautiful. Her 2012 Olympics hairstyle is similar to her gymnast peers. She and McKayla Maroney both wore the half-bun/ponytail look, while the rest of the American ladies’ gym team (“The Fab Five”) opted mostly for variations on buns. They all showed team unity with their similar coifs.
Gabby and her teammates elegantly represented America on the world stage in the 2012 Olympic Games. I don’t think Beyonce hair or Dolly Parton hair would ever be aerodynamically suitable in any gymnastics milieu.
Gabby and the others don’t need the artifice of Hollywood’s razzle-dazzle to launch them. They’ve gotten noticed due to extreme excellence. Excellence itself is the best kind of launching pad.
Those who would judge otherwise would never be on par with a Gabby Douglas because they’d fear that their contrived, overpriced hairdos might get mussed. How many self-loathing hairstyle haters will never become swim champs because they don’t dare risk their coiffure?
Here's a video of another famed African American Olympic gymnast, Dominique Dawes, interviewing Douglas earlier this year: