Gabby Douglas has been having a difficult time dealing with the social media criticism while at the Rio Games.
“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. Then it went to not supporting your team mates. Now you’re ‘Crabby Gabby’,” Douglas’ mom Natalie Hawkins said in an interview with Reuters.
Douglas has also been criticized by people on social media for appearing to not support her teammates Aly Raisman and Simone Biles when they won the silver and gold, respectively, during the all-around individual finals. (Raisman later noted that Douglas was very supportive when the girls were in the privacy of their Olympic Village dorm.)