‘We’ve been brought to many tears’: Gabby Douglas’ mom responds to online bullies

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Gabby Douglas has been under attack online. Even before she was attacked for not putting her hand over her heart or for not delivering a standing ovation for her teammates, she was criticized for her looks as well.

–Gabby Douglas apologizes for not putting hand over heart during national anthem

“She’s had to deal with people criticizing her hair, or people accusing her of bleaching her skin. They said she had breast enhancements, they said she wasn’t smiling enough, she’s unpatriotic,” Natalie Hawkins, the mother of Gabby Douglas told Reuters. “Then it went to not supporting your teammates. Now you’re ‘Crabby Gabby.’ You name it and she got trampled. What did she ever do to anyone?”

–Did negative talk cause Gabby Douglas to stumble?

“When they talk about my hair or me not putting my hand (on) my heart or me being very salty in the stands, they’re really criticizing me, and it doesn’t really feel good,” Douglas said on Sunday. “It was a little bit hurtful.”

Douglas was named “Crabby Gabby” by the internet after she didn’t stand up to applaud when Aly Raisman and Simone Biles won silver and gold.

–Gabby Douglas responds to hair comments: ‘I just made history, and people are focused on my hair?’

“We’ve been brought to many tears because I don’t know what she’s done to warrant such an attack,” Hawkins said.