Gabby Douglas Sorry over Anthem Moment
Although Gabby Douglas won her third gold medal yesterday, her celebratory moment was halted by controversy and social media outrage, UPROXX reports.
After winning the gold, her gymnastics team known as “The Final Five” all placed their hands on their hearts while “The Star-Spangled Banner” played throughout the stadium. All except Douglas, who stood with her hands in front of her.
The moment seized negative attention with critics labeling the Olympic medalist “unpatriotic” and “un-American.”
“This is classless and disrespectful and still would be if she was white.” read one tweet.
“Gabby Douglas refused to place her hand over her heart during the medal ceremony. Straight disrespect,” another commentator said.
One user even created a hashtag in an attempt to send her home.
“How dare Gabby Douglass not put her hand on her heart for the American National Anthem!!!! #KickGabbyOutOfOlympics,” the tweet read.
Douglas, 20, took to Twitter and replied to the criticism with an apology. Turns out she didn’t mean any harm, nor was she trying to make a political statement.
“In response to a few live tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played,” Douglas tweeted.
“I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country,” she added.