Now 20-year-old Gabby Douglas was the belle of the ball in the 2012 London Olympics (when she was then 16 years old). She took home two gold medals: one in an individual gymnastics even and one team event.
Of course she's devastated! Whether or not her actions are right or wrong, blatant bullying is no way to respond. Gabby's reaction is not surprising, it's human. Too many cyber bullies take to the net under the guise of anonymity, hiding behind a username, and brutalize people they think will never hear about it.
Celebrities, writers, artists, athletes, victims and yes, even Olympians use the internet and are exposed to the hate we, the public, may tend to throw their way. If you don't believe me, just check out any of jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets videos.
What ever happened to the mantra we learned as kids: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all. Did it become outdated? Did it only apply to children too immature to know how to insult someone (insert sarcasm here) respectfully? Do we sacrifice our humanity in the name of freedom of expression?
But she disrespected her team and country
Maybe she did, maybe she didn't. We've seen pictures and read mean tweets, nothing else. We weren't there, we weren't in her head. A picture may be worth 1,000 words but about 800 of them are speculatory, presumptive and judgemental.
There are still good people out there. Many have rallied around Gabby, diluting the haters with words of love and support. Be one of those people. Do good for good's sake. You don't have to agree with her actions (or those portrayed by the photos). You can be disappointed in her, you have the right to express it, but don't resort to tearing her down. You can respectfully disagree and defend someone confronted by a bully at the same time.
I can't believe how petty this #CrabbyGabby thing is. The definition of cyber bullying
David Snell is a writer for the FamilyShare team, specializing in humor writing. He's trilingual (English, Spanish and Movie Quotes), passionate about all things communication and is always up for learning something new.