I was hoping no one would even bother asking 16-year-old Olympian Gabby Douglas about the ridiculous criticism of her hair last week but her response to the drama is even better than her ignoring it at all.
The Associated Press caught up with the history-making gymnast—and new Kellog’s spokesperson—to see how she felt about all the negativity, and her words prove she’s as levelheaded off the balance beam as she is when performing.
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair? she said. “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.”
Oh, and one more thing:
“Nothing is going to change,” she added. “I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
Being the gracious representative of American athleticism that she is, Gabby also added this:
“I don’t think people should be worried about that. We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.”
It’s amazing she understands that at 16, yet the tweeters older than her who sparked the drama have no clue. Surprisingly, AP didn’t ask Gabby about the other controversy that’s been surrounding her coverage in the media as of late, the ”Animal Practice” ad that ran after her performance Thursday night. Though the ad for NBC’s new comedy was already previously scheduled to run late Thursday night following the women’s gold medal competition regardless of who won, a lot of people took issue with a monkey being shown as an Olympian on the rings given the historical reference of African Americans as monkeys. NBC issued an apology for any perceived slight, saying:
“Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance last night was a historic and inspiring achievement. The spot promoting ‘Animal Practice,’ which has run three times previously, is one in a series with an Olympic theme, which have been scheduled for maximum exposure. Certainly no offense was intended.”
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for those taking jabs at Gabby’s hair, but hopefully she’s shut them up for good. What do you think about her response?