What’s HAIR Got To Do With It?

A couple days ago, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas brought home the gold for the USA gymnastic team. Instead of US being happy for and proud of her, WE had to find something to talk about. I mean seriously, with all her hard work and diligence, the only thing WE could think of to go IN on Gabby about is her damn hair?

Monisha Randolph, a contributing writer for a blog called Sporty Afros, has really been feeling some-type-of-way about all the things being said about Gabby’s hair and I can’t say I blame her!

So what’s the big deal about Gabby’s hair? From what I am reading on Facebook and Twitter, many African American women who are SITTING and WATCHING Gabby compete believe her hair is not “kept.”

She needs some gel and a brush…

Someone needs to give her a hair intervention…

She has to “represent”…

If you search Facebook and Twitter, you’ll see tons of negative ass comments by US and it’s really just ri-damn-diculous if you ask me.

“Have we forgotten that Gabby is competing at Olympics XXX? This is not America’s Next Top Model that we’re watching. These ladies are participating in a global athletic competition. And the last time I checked when you play a sport, you sweat. I know I do. And when a Black woman who has chosen to wear her hair straight begins to sweat, her hair will (not might) begin to revert back to its natural coily, curly, or kinky state. Does Gabby need to stop every five minutes to check her hair? No. When one experiences back-to-back intense workouts, that person learns what works best on their hair.”

I’m so over US always trying to find a reason to hate on each other. I mean this ish is seriously ri-damn-diculous. This girl is doing something most little girls dream of and not only did she do a damn good job but she brought home the gold. Why are we focusing in on her hair? What does her hair have to do with her skill?

WE’re always so focused on having “good hair” and not messing up our hair that’s the number one reason most of us are overweight, out of shape and dying from heart disease. I’ll admit, I was one that never wanted to mess up my hair either and have sense gained tons of weight as well. I have decided not to let my damn hair put me in the grave and have started exercising and living a better life.

It really doesn’t surprise me because we’re the only race with such self-hate. We’ll do anything to drag each other down including go in on a 16-year-old girl about her damn hair while she’s doing a service to the United States. I’m so over all this crap and WE need to learn how to keep certain things and thoughts to ourselves. How do we expect to move forward if WE’re the ones who keep pulling ourselves ten steps back.

It’s seriously time out for all this crap.

Luckily there were some people out there like ME who went to Twitter in Gabby’s defense:

A Black woman slandered Gabby Douglas, claiming ‘she needs to get a perm first’. A 16 yr old repping THE COUNTRY & your focus is her hair?

Talking about Gabby Douglas’ hair? At least it’s hers. You got yours from one of Britain’s Equestrian horses.

Gabby Douglas can fix her hair. Some of yall can fix yourselves and your lack of aspirations/accomplishments at 20 something.

Gabby Douglas is competing on a Gold Winning Team not a hair show. #KnockItOff

Gabby Douglas got real hair and real Olympic. All y’all got is weaves and envy.

How do y’all feel about the negative comments made over Gabby Douglas’ hair?


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