Gabby Douglas ridiculed for standing at attention during the national anthem

Photo credit: Instagram – @gabbycvdouglas
Photo credit: Instagram – @gabbycvdouglas

Gabby Douglas celebrated winning the gold medal for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team by standing at attention during the medal ceremony. But the small gesture created a firestorm on social media.

Although the other four members of the women’s gymnastics team put their hands over their hearts, Douglas stood at attention and some viewed the move as anti-American. She was blasted on social media by individuals who didn’t realize that Douglas’ choice was appropriate.

It’s usually expected that most will place their hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s not as expected during the national anthem where standing at attention is appropriate.

Here is some of the backlash being aimed at Douglas:

Below are the tweets of those who defended Douglas:

Douglas took a moment to respond to the backlash:

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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