Gabby Douglas’ second trip to the Olympics was not what she had hoped. She has been attacked on social media for the most ridiculous reasons, including her hair texture. However, she’s now getting love and support thanks to Leslie Jones and other celebrities.
NBC invited Jones to Rio to cover the Olympics after her humorous live tweets gained popularity. She also recently dealt with racist trolls online after her starring role in the new Ghostbusters film and sympathized with Douglas. Jones received an outpouring of support and wanted the same for Douglas.
— Leslie Jones ? (@Lesdoggg) August 15, 2016
And it worked! The hashtag #LOVE4GABBYUSA was used by major celebrities and many others on Twitter.
#LOVE4GABBYUSA nuff said.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) August 15, 2016
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) August 15, 2016
Gabby – thank you for 1) sharing your remarkable talents with the world & 2) as Mrs. Obama said, going high when they go low #LOVE4GABBYUSA
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 15, 2016
— B. (@brufff22) August 15, 2016
— Grace (@scarlettebony89) August 15, 2016
— Danielle Bourne (@dbourne07) August 15, 2016
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) August 15, 2016
— Danielle Ricks (@daniellericks) August 15, 2016
— Roma Downey (@RealRomaDowney) August 15, 2016
Trying to protect herself from the negativity, Douglas has stayed off social media. However, she responded to Jones and thanked those who supported her.
Thank u so much for all the love! My heart is full! @Lesdoggg ?? I love you guys!???
— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) August 15, 2016
Gabby Douglas definitely needed the support. She recently revealed to reporters that the attacks and criticism she has faced over the past week has been “hurtful.” Her mother, Natalie Hawkins, has also stated that her daughter was “heartbroken” over, what she described, as social media bullying.
The Olympian ended this year’s Games with a sole gold medal, totaling her Olympic medal count to 3 gold medals, a feat only few female American gymnasts have achieved.
Instead of focusing on the hate, she should relish in what she has accomplished in the sport and how she has inspired many little black girls. Support from Leslie Jones and others is just icing on a hard-earned cake.