Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas has sparked outrage online from a social media comment suggesting that women who dress provocatively/sexually “entice the wrong crowd.” Her Olympic teammate Simone Biles has blasted Douglas for her statements online. Douglas has since responded saying that she didn’t word her comment correctly and “regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable.”
It all started when 2016 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman went public with sexual abuse allegations against ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. Raisman received a hateful response from some people on social media, denying her claims simply because she has posed provocative photos in the past. On Friday morning, Raisman took to social media and wrote, “Just because a woman does a sexy photo shoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse.”
Then…Gabby Douglas added her two cents to Raisman’s social media conflict. Douglas wrote, “However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”
When Biles saw Douglas’ response, she was stunned. “Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me… honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her,” said Biles. “I support you Aly & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.
Who is Gabby Douglas?
She is an American artist gymnast born on December 31, 1995, in Newport News, Virginia. At the age of sixteen in 2012, Gabby Douglas became a 2-time Olympic gold medalist, as she won both the individual all-around and team competitions. She was an all-around silver medalist at the 2015 World Championships. At the 2011 and 2015 World Championships, she was a member of the gold-winning American team. Douglas won another gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the team competition.
The 21-year-old gymnast was also the 2016 AT&T American Cup all-around champion.