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Damned If They Do

Gabby Douglas, Gold medalist for Team USA gymnastics is the latest celebrity to come under the cruel scrutiny of social media trolls.

Gabby, who burst on the scene in the 2012 London Games winning team gold and individual gold, faced criticism then for her hair of all things.

Ever the professional, Gabby shrugged it off then, but now the criticism has become too much.

It started last week after USA won gold in the team competition. During the medal presentation and national anthem, Gabby stood at attention as the anthem played.

People on social media went ballistic. Claiming that Gabby not holding her hand over her heart was unpatriotic.

Mind you, many American Olympians, do not hold their hand over their hearts as the anthem plays, instead opting to stand at attention, as many of our military service members do when the anthem is played.

Gabby felt she had to issue an apology, stating that she was sorry and didn’t mean to offend anyone, while also reminding people that she loves this country and is honored to represent Team USA.

She shouldn’t have issued an apology in my opinion. She had nothing to apologize for.

Last night Gabby placed 7th in the uneven bars, an event she won gold in four years ago at London.

Her post performance interview, conducted by ESPN can be read in it’s entirety here.

When I read it this morning, it broke my heart and pissed me off.

Gabby tearfully said how much it hurt her to see people on social media attacking her in such a vicious way, saying that the things they were saying about her were untrue.

Why people feel the need to tear down celeberities to the point where they are tearful and hurt is beyond me.

Gabby is an OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST! She has done her job for this country. Twice I might add. Yet it seems Americans aren’t satisfied.

She even said in the interview that she felt like nothing she did would go without criticism.

Damned if they do damned if they don’t. Why, because they are celeberities?

Then you have folks talking about she just needs to get thick skin and get over the criticism.

How can she “get over it” if she is bombarded by it everyday?

Gabby, and no one else who is famous deserves to be bullied like this. It is unecessary, rude, and downright wrong.

While I’m on the subject, everyone is loving Leslie Jones this week, but a few weeks ago they were cursing her and verbally assaulting her on Twitter to the point where she had to leave the site for a while.

Disney star Rowan Blanchard was also subject to online abuse a few weeks ago during the taping of Girl Meets World season 3 finale. Rowan posted this tweet in response to the abuse


So what is it with trolls? What do they get out of this nonsense?

I get so angry when trolls attack people because it shows how much people in this country have lost compassion for others.

How could you attack someone so viciously? How would you feel if someone was attacking you like that?

I just don’t understand why people do these things.