The Rio Olympics are full of black girl magic. But that's always an opportunity to hate. On Tuesday, as Gabby Douglas and Team USA stood on the podium to accept their gold medals, social media erupted because Douglas did not place her hand on her heart during the singing of the National Anthem. The uproar was so bad that Gabby felt the need to apologize.
But even if she did mean disrespect, that's her right. People choose which traditions to honor at their discretion. And while Gabby was not trying to be political (as the awestruck look in her eyes attests), some would argue that much like when Tommie Smith and John Carlos threw up the black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, if you've earned the gold, you've earned the right to seize the global stage.
But not everyone was mad at Gab. The Arthur meme resurfaced to hold her down:
Yup, learned this in elementary school:
Folks want to troll Gabby Douglas for not putting her hand over her chest during the National Anthem. It is NOT the pledge of allegiance!!— Karlos L. Marshall (@KarlosLMarshall) August 10, 2016
Makes sense to us:
Even Black Panther is disappointed in your fake-deep outrage:
imagine getting ~even slightly~ worked up about gabby douglas's hand placement while she stood on a medal podium. pic.twitter.com/QnFqGLRTw8— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) August 10, 2016
Double standards, much?:
I'm confused, Gabby Douglas was called unpatriotic yesterday b/c she forgot to put her hand over her heart, but Michael Phelps gets a pass?— Yukio Strachan (@boldandworthy) August 10, 2016
A picture's worth 1,000 words:
"Why did Gabby Douglas have the audacity to not put her hand on her chest for the national anthem" pic.twitter.com/f1siqAV6Lx— Frankie (@phanypac) August 10, 2016
These words of "you go, girl" wisdom:
And then there's this bloop: