Trolls bullied Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas throughout the 2016 Rio games.
Critics chided the 20-year-old for not placing her hand over heart during the National Anthem. Haters chastised the gold medalist for not seeming enthused enough when her teammates won gold and silver medals in the all-around competition. Worst of all, many, including her fellow Black-Americans, taunted Douglas for not having "neat" and "respectable" hair while flipping on bars and beams.
Their unnecessary remarks took a toll on Douglas, as she explained to ESPN.
"I tried to stay off the internet because there's just so much negativity," Douglas said after her final Olympics competition. "Either it was about my hair or my hand not over my heart [on the medal podium] or I look depressed. ... It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It's been kind of a lot to deal with."
Thankfully, many high-profile folks, like comedian Leslie Jones, have bombarded Douglas with praise and love. Now, Cardi B., star of "Love & Hip-Hop New York," is doing the same.