An Open Letter to Gabby Douglas’ Hair Critics
Dear Twitter Hair Critics,
What in the hell is wrong with you? Gabby Douglas, a 16 year-old girl has lived out her dreams and won a gold medal at the Olympic games. And all you can talk about is her hair.
While Gabby was busy making history, you were on your couch, begrudging her for gel build-up, hair clips and sweated-out edges.
In doing so, you’ve only made yourself look bad.
Gabby is more than just hair.
She is a World Champion. She is a team player who seems kind and wise beyond her years. She is a dedicated and determined athlete who worked hard to become one of the best gymnasts on the planet.
And you’ve criticized her for hair clips.
But I can’t be entirely disappointed in you. Your attitude isn’t all your fault.
Maybe you’re so used to seeing celebrities who are famous for nothing that you can’t acknowledge greatness when it’s in front of you.
You follow reality stars, socialites and artists with no talent. They have no commendable achievements, but they never step outside without perfect hair. And now you think that’s how the rest of the world works.
Perhaps if Gabby’s hair was bone-straight and bounced every time she flipped on your TV screen, you would be able to see her extraordinary accomplishment for what it is.
But you can’t separate the Olympic games from a hair competition, a fashion show or the latest episode of a reality TV series. You just don’t know any better.
Or it could be that you’re jealous.
Because let’s face it: her hair wasn’t that bad to begin with.
Frizzy edges and hair clips aren’t egregious enough to warrant your mean-spirited comments. They’re perfectly understandable for someone who is partaking in a sport. Duh.
It’s her accomplishment that bothers you. Now that a girl from Virginia Beach is a world champion before her 18th birthday, you have no excuse for not pursuing your dreams, nurturing your passion and working tirelessly until you become the best.
You hate how insecure and envious that makes you feel. So you had to find a way to belittle her achievement. Reduce her. Bring her down to make her seem equal to or lesser than you. And you went for her hair.
I don’t know you but I can probably guess you’re not a medal-winning Olympian with L’Oreal-worthy hair. You’re an internet bully who thrives on attacking other people behind a computer screen.
There’s a message in all this for you and I want you to listen very carefully to it: It’s not Gabby’s hair that needs fixing. It’s your value system.
Giving you a permanent sideeye,