Gabby Douglas has grown up a lot since her appearance at the Olympics four years ago—but that hasn’t made her immune to the negativity that targets her on social media.
The two-time Olympian’s mother, Natalie Hawkins, says the 20-year-old has been having a hard time dealing with a new wave of social media criticism at the Rio Games. In an interview with Reuters, Hawkins stated:
“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’. You name it and she got trampled. What did she ever do to anyone?”
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