There has been this huge controversy about Gabby Douglas’ hair (she’s the teenager who has won two Olympic golds, in women’s gymnastics), and if you haven’t heard, you are just too consumed with the athleticism of contenders and are not paying enough attention to more important stuff like how the athletes have chosen to wear their hair or the color choice of their uniforms.
I’ve tried to keep my mouth shut about this, but I’ve had enough with these idiotic headlines about Gabby’s hair. All the headlines try to sugar-coat the horrible condition her hair was in when she won the two gold medals, instead of just tackling the problem head on. How can we as a country grow if we can’t even exercise our first amendment right to criticize our athletes for their looks. If you ask me people are being too soft on her. So what she won a couple of gold medals, for which she has been training most of her life. She has bigger obligations when she is on the world stage, and that is to make sure she looks good for the cameras.
You’ll be comforted to know that there is at least someone close to Gabby who is concerned about her hair, namely her mom. In an interview with the website fashionista.com Gabby’s mother, Natalie Hawkins, admits that Gabby’s “hair problem” has come up before.
“I started hearing about (her hair) earlier this year actually. I started trying to be proactive about her hair before all of that happened. What is funny is I had someone come do her hair before the Olympics. We put all this effort into getting her hair done and they still didn’t like it!”
In the interview she also said…
“At this level in her career, hair is somewhat secondary. It was actually her coach who told me that. I was trying to get her into a hair appointment and I wanted to move her training schedule around and he said to me, ‘She’s beautiful. You don’t need to change her hair. We need to focus on training. Hair is secondary. We make time for that after training. Don’t mess with my training time.’ ”
Freakin’ coaches! Who is he to tell Gabby’s mom how to raise her child? Hair is important! Everyone knows that, so why would he get in the way of Gabby being ready for the World stage in every way. Just because the Olympics is a test of her athletic prowess, it doesn’t mean she shouldn’t take time away from training to make sure her hair meets the expectations of the public.
I just hope she gets her act together.