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(Yahoo)   One of the best gymnasts in the world is being severely criticized for her hair. Seriously   (shine.yahoo.com) divider line 92
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2012-08-02 08:01:04 PM
So, a few idiots tweet some idiotic tweets, some other idiot writes a blog post about it, some other idiot submits that post to fark, and voila! Story.

All we need now is some idiot to kick this to commented and the circle is complete.
 
2012-08-02 08:10:17 PM

Pocket Ninja: So, a few idiots tweet some idiotic tweets, some other idiot writes a blog post about it, some other idiot submits that post to fark, and voila! Story.

All we need now is some idiot to kick this to commented and the circle is complete.


But...you're the one who, I don't under-- wait a second...

zipmeme.com
 
2012-08-02 08:14:18 PM
Even NPR thought it worth of a commentary.
 
2012-08-02 08:20:41 PM
Hair is fine, chicks be jealousing.
 
2012-08-02 08:22:36 PM

Pocket Ninja: So, a few idiots tweet some idiotic tweets, some other idiot writes a blog post about it, some other idiot submits that post to fark, and voila! Story.

All we need now is some idiot to kick this to commented and the circle is complete.


You're a sneaky ninja, you are
 
2012-08-02 08:26:32 PM

Barfmaker: Hair is fine, chicks be jealousing.


Pretty much.
 
2012-08-02 08:45:08 PM
The video at the bottom of TFA is pretty good.

She's got some serious springs. Wow.
 
2012-08-02 08:54:14 PM
farking racists playing upon stereotypes. If she was white no one would give a shiat
 
2012-08-02 08:57:26 PM

Barfmaker: Hair is fine, chicks be jealousing.


It ain't chicks. It's black women. They are obsessed with their (and others') hair.
 
2012-08-02 08:58:47 PM

Instead of worrying about whether her hair is perfect, Douglas is focused on making history and winning Olympic gold. She is representing all Americans, not just one single group. She's achieved more by age 16 than most of us do in a lifetime. Shouldn't we be cheering her on instead of tearing her down?


She's a woman. She has talent. She has notoriety.

Might as well wear a bull's eye on your forehead at that point.

Those biatches on Twitter would tear her apart if she had the perfect hairstyle, won a beauty contest, sold her gold medal to pay for schools in her hometown, and then stopped at UPMC and gave a lecture to all the undergrads that taught them how to cure both AIDS and every type of cancer on her way home. It's not that she has fault, it's that they must find fault to feel competitive with this fertile young goddess who is on a level of appeal they never reached at her zenith, let alone now that they're on the decline.
 
2012-08-02 09:01:51 PM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: The video at the bottom of TFA is pretty good.

She's got some serious springs. Wow.



Yeah it was a good video, she is pretty outstanding.
 
2012-08-02 09:14:09 PM
i6.photobucket.com


...and where did you get that dress, it's awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!
 
2012-08-02 09:17:09 PM
I'm betting the idiots making those tweets have to ride a Rascal to the kitchen to get more bon-bons
 
2012-08-02 09:21:19 PM

doglover: she had the perfect hairstyle, won a beauty contest, sold her gold medal to pay for schools in her hometown, and then stopped at UPMC and gave a lecture to all the undergrads that taught them how to cure both AIDS and every type of cancer on her way home.


Ugh, she thinks she's soooooooooooooo much better than everyone else! She should remember where she came from!!11!!


doglover: competitive with this fertile young goddess who is on a level of appeal they never reached at her zenith, let alone now that they're on the decline.


She is a goddess, there's no doubt OOOH SHE'S ON RIGHT NOW YAY
 
2012-08-02 09:26:49 PM
I'm watching the broadcast right now, and other gymnasts' hair looks just like hers! Up and back with clips to keep hair from getting in the face. She looks great, but more important, she is one hell of a gymnast.
 
2012-08-02 09:31:37 PM
Is my argument invalid? I can't tell from the pictures.
 
2012-08-02 09:43:08 PM
We get it, she's great.
 
2012-08-02 09:49:29 PM
Negative comments from all the 'cannots', bloggers, haters, usual suspects and the derp south. The 'concerned' bloggers point out most of the comments are coming from blacks. Clearly a black avatar and black sounding name on a tweet HAS to mean it came from a black chick. Rolls eyes. Some idiot is already on Bleacher Report claiming she is not the best because she did not compete against current World Record holder Jordan Whats-her-name. Thank you Gabby, it has been a blast watching the 'Flying Squirrel' fly! USA USA USA
 
2012-08-02 09:56:36 PM
I can't see her hair due to that absolutely beautiful smile

/swooooooooooooooon
 
2012-08-02 10:06:48 PM
She is great and people should chill with the cultural relevance bullshiat and just admire what she does.
 
2012-08-02 10:07:19 PM
FTA- Some of us are sitting up right now with our hair done but suffering from high blood pressure, borderline diabetes, obesity, and/or a lack of energy. Oh, but the hair is on point."
 
2012-08-02 10:14:33 PM
I need pics of the hair and the gymnast.
 
2012-08-02 10:14:55 PM

Dahnkster: Some idiot is already on Bleacher Report claiming she is not the best because she did not compete against current World Record holder Jordan Whats-her-name.


Pretty much beat her ass in the qualifiers.
 
2012-08-02 10:17:21 PM
Black woman here and when I was growing up my mom took me to the beautician ever two weeks to get my hair shampooed, pressed, and curled. And I hated it - the fumes, the scalpe burns, the location (the shop was in the beautician's basement), and the boredom. In between visits, I had to oil my hair, roll it up in curlers, and tie it in a scarve every night and make sure it never got wet from rain or from sweat. And I hated that too.

I kept up the routine for a while after I moved out on my own. Then one day I went to a barber who cut both men and women's hair and told him to cut all my hair off to about an inch and I've kept it that way every since.

The time and expense so many African American women put in their hair baffles and, at times, mortifies me. I just don't get it.
 
2012-08-02 10:26:58 PM
She won the GOLD in the all around. She can wear her hair however she wants.

of course, even if she didn't win, she can wear her hair however she wants.
 
2012-08-02 10:30:25 PM
I got so much shiat about my hair from the black girls at school. I wore it down or in a simple pony tail and /I/ got shiat because I didn't wear complicated, multicolored, gravity defying braids and coils and with a wig to go with it. "White girls got ugly hair!" "White girls like you is ugly because y'all don't care about how you look."

/grew up in the poor rural south, but oh man did those girls have the money to spend on hair.
 
2012-08-02 10:34:08 PM
The problem is not that she didn't get her hair done, it is that she did not get her hair did.
Link
 
2012-08-02 10:34:22 PM

pisceandreamer: Dahnkster: Some idiot is already on Bleacher Report claiming she is not the best because she did not compete against current World Record holder Jordan Whats-her-name.

Pretty much beat her ass in the qualifiers.


The qualifiers really are idiotic

Jordyn still performed far better than people who made it to the finals, such as the people from Canada, Poland, Guatemala, Italy, etc.
 
2012-08-02 10:42:52 PM
Best comment I saw on another site about this: "Gabby Douglas got real hair and real Olympic (gold). All y'all got is weaves and envy."
 
2012-08-02 10:45:48 PM

Nubenstein: The problem is not that she didn't get her hair done, it is that she did not get her hair did.
Link


English, do you speak it?
 
2012-08-02 10:46:10 PM
The qualifiers really are idiotic

Jordyn still performed far better than people who made it to the finals, such as the people from Canada, Poland, Guatemala, Italy, etc.


Yes, I know. Screw the 'rules', amiright?. I agree that the best should have 'gotten in'. Your concern about the white girl that didn't make the cut is noted. But you are usually such a horrible human being that I cannot agree with you even when I want too.
 
2012-08-02 10:49:21 PM
Not really sure what the problem is here but I'm guessing she'll have a tough time seeing the negative comments since her gold medal might get in the way.
 
2012-08-02 10:50:30 PM

browneye: Black woman here and when I was growing up my mom took me to the beautician ever two weeks to get my hair shampooed, pressed, and curled. And I hated it - the fumes, the scalpe burns, the location (the shop was in the beautician's basement), and the boredom. In between visits, I had to oil my hair, roll it up in curlers, and tie it in a scarve every night and make sure it never got wet from rain or from sweat. And I hated that too.

I kept up the routine for a while after I moved out on my own. Then one day I went to a barber who cut both men and women's hair and told him to cut all my hair off to about an inch and I've kept it that way every since.

The time and expense so many African American women put in their hair baffles and, at times, mortifies me. I just don't get it.



Black man here, and sadly, I do get it. It's been ingrained in us for generations that our natural features (fuller lips, wider noses, darker skin, tightly curled hair) is not the standard of beauty or attractiveness. It's so deeply ingrained that we barely even question it anymore. Lighter skin = more attractive. Straighter hair = more attractive. Straighter nose = more attractive. Etc.

So we go to great lengths to change our looks to meet the standard. Black women have it worse than black men, admittedly (although brothers are not immune either...a few generations ago black men routinely "conked", i.e. straightened, their hair as well).

I agree that placing this much emphasis on hair straightening, especially in 2012, is ridiculous. We should have evolved to a point where we reject holding ourselves to a standard of beauty that is damn near the opposite of our natural features. There are exceptions obviously (those of us who embrace our natural hair and features). But...a lot of us still see hair that isn't straight as something to be ashamed of. And thus, you get tweets like the ones in this article.
 
2012-08-02 11:04:33 PM

JohnAnnArbor: English, do you speak it?


That I do, but I am now forced to question your reading comprehension. This may help you.
Link
 
2012-08-02 11:04:46 PM
Ah, the crab barrel.
 
2012-08-02 11:16:10 PM
At least her bra strap wasn't showing.
 
2012-08-02 11:30:16 PM
I honestly don't see what's wrong with her hair. Looks perfectly fine to me.

Can someone help me understand what they're talking about? I mean specifically what's wrong with it by their arcane standards?
 
2012-08-02 11:33:08 PM
I Browse: So we go to great lengths to change our looks to meet the standard. Black women have it worse than black men, admittedly (although brothers are not immune either...a few generations ago black men routinely "conked", i.e. straightened, their hair as well).

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I don't know if that....that....thing on Snoop Dogg's Lion's head is a wig or if it counts as conkin' but damn, how many hours did it take Nat King Cole and JB to get their hair like that?

/White boy
//Short back and sides, thankyewverymuch
 
2012-08-02 11:33:28 PM

I Browse: Black man here, and sadly, I do get it. It's been ingrained in us for generations that our natural features (fuller lips, wider noses, darker skin, tightly curled hair) is not the standard of beauty or attractiveness. It's so deeply ingrained that we barely even question it anymore. Lighter skin = more attractive. Straighter hair = more attractive. Straighter nose = more attractive. Etc.


As a fairly boring looking white guy, this fascinates me. Can't really make a constructive comment of any kind, but do have a question: why IS black peoples' hair that "kinky" (is that the right word?). This shows my ignorance, I always figured (growing up) that the curliness/kinkiness was more of a stylistic choice than a natural occurrence, just thought hair was hair. It wasn't until later that I learned it was a genetic (I guess) thing. Just curious if anyone knows WHY that genetic trait exists. Not that it's an undesirable trait at all, just curious why it exists (and why it's so maligned by the black community, apparently).


/Social things like this enthrall me
 
2012-08-02 11:39:05 PM
She kicked ass and she took names.

Good on her. Never mind what the idiots think, who couldn't even hold their own with her flop sweat...
 
2012-08-02 11:41:02 PM
Found another one:

www.ericastrawberrykane.com

Muddy Waters, you too? No no no no no no NO.

MadAmos: Can someone help me understand what they're talking about? I mean specifically what's wrong with it by their arcane standards?

I Browse: It's been ingrained in us for generations that our natural features (fuller lips, wider noses, darker skin, tightly curled hair) is not the standard of beauty or attractiveness. It's so deeply ingrained that we barely even question it anymore. Lighter skin = more attractive. Straighter hair = more attractive. Straighter nose = more attractive. Etc.


I found out the hard way when I complimented a (black female) boss I had years ago on her hairstyle one day --you know, I thought I was being polite-- and she just ripped in to me. I could see how personal it was, I didn't care that she lit me up, but ever since then I run like the wind when the subject comes up.
 
2012-08-02 11:43:33 PM

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: As a fairly boring looking white guy, this fascinates me. Can't really make a constructive comment of any kind, but do have a question: why IS black peoples' hair that "kinky" (is that the right word?). This shows my ignorance, I always figured (growing up) that the curliness/kinkiness was more of a stylistic choice than a natural occurrence, just thought hair was hair.


As a white guy, I'll jump in here. My hair is currently shoulder-length. It's going to get longer. Look at a picture of "Weird Al", and you've got a decent approximation of how my hair naturally grows out of my head. I could be a Slash impersonator.

It ain't just the brothers that get interesting hair.
 
2012-08-02 11:48:50 PM

Lord Jubjub: Even NPR thought it worth of a commentary.


NPR isnt exactly a great source of news for adults though.
 
2012-08-02 11:54:07 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: pisceandreamer: Dahnkster: Some idiot is already on Bleacher Report claiming she is not the best because she did not compete against current World Record holder Jordan Whats-her-name.

Pretty much beat her ass in the qualifiers.

The qualifiers really are idiotic

Jordyn still performed far better than people who made it to the finals, such as the people from Canada, Poland, Guatemala, Italy, etc.


Her name is Jordyn. The only thing she should qualify for is serving chicken wings at the local Hooters.
 
2012-08-02 11:59:17 PM

carnifex2005: Her name is Jordyn. The only thing she should qualify for is serving chicken wings at the local Hooters.


Am I a bad person for taking even a little satisfaction from her whackadoodle parents being denied a vicarious medal?
 
2012-08-03 12:02:13 AM

I Browse: So we go to great lengths to change our looks to meet the standard. Black women have it worse than black men, admittedly (although brothers are not immune either...a few generations ago black men routinely "conked", i.e. straightened, their hair as well).


Conked hair is kind of cool looking in the same way that a Marcel wave or a pencil-thin moustache is cool looking.

White women are not immune to this. Mainly there is this dread of having mouse-brown hair. Or gray. Have to dye the hair blonde or black or reddish-brown. Plain brown is considered ugly. Also the ones with straight hair want curly hair, and the ones with curly hair want straight hair.

But yes, it's worse for black women. Also issues with some corporate jobs not allowing natural hair.

/white chick with formerly blonde and now mouse-brown hair, decided a couple years ago it's fine the way it is.
 
2012-08-03 12:03:38 AM

Edward Rooney Dean of Students:

As a fairly boring looking white guy, this fascinates me. Can't really make a constructive comment of any kind, but do have a question: why IS black peoples' hair that "kinky" (is that the right word?). This shows my ignorance, I always figured (growing up) that the curliness/kinkiness was more of a stylistic choice than a natural occurrence, just thought hair was hair. It wasn't until later that I learned it was a genetic (I guess) thing. Just curious if anyone knows WHY that genetic trait exists. Not that it's an undesirable trait at all, just curious why it exists (and why it's so maligned by the black community, apparently).


/Social things like this enthrall me



My completely uneducated guess is that it probably has something to do with the climate black people historically lived in, and how we evolved to adapt to it. Hot, dry climates don't require long body hair...? Again, this is just my guess.

/fark if I know
 
2012-08-03 12:09:00 AM
More like hot and humid (West Africa).

Long hair is an adaptation to a cold climate. Cats, dogs, humans, wooly mammoths, etc.
 
2012-08-03 12:13:13 AM

cloud_van_dame:

Conked hair is kind of cool looking in the same way that a Marcel wave or a pencil-thin moustache is cool looking.

White women are not immune to this. Mainly there is this dread of having mouse-brown hair. Or gray. Have to dye the hair blonde or black or reddish-brown. Plain brown is considered ugly. Also the ones with straight hair want curly hair, and the ones with curly hair want straight hair.

But yes, it's worse for black women. Also issues with some corporate jobs not allowing natural hair.

/white chick with formerly blonde and now mouse-brown hair, decided a couple years ago it's fine the way it is.



Ultimately, you're right...how we wear our hair is a style choice more than anything else. Or sometimes it's about functionality (I wear mine very short because I don't like worrying about my hair - I just like to shower and go).

And I acknowledge that women, of all races, have it a lot harder than we men do when it comes to hair. So I try my best not to be judgmental. I just wish the Tweeters had shown Gabby Douglas the same consideration.
 
2012-08-03 12:13:24 AM
Conked hair? Or a guy that might not be considered black in today's world...

www.pyepimanla.com
 
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