Gabrielle Douglas was a major part of the first USA women’s gymnastics team Tuesday night effort to win the team competition gold for only the second time since the ‘Magnificent Seven’ pulled off that feat in Atlanta in 1996.
Gabby then followed it up on Thursday by making more history. She became the first African-American gymnast to win the all around title and the first American gymnast to win the team and all-around gold medals in the same Olympiad.
Serena Williams dominated the Olympic women’s tennis singles competition field at ‘Williams’-don so throughly she only dropped a total of 17 games and didn’t lose a set.
In the gold medal match it took her a mere 63 minutes to win in dominating 6-0, 6-1 fashion over Russia’s Maria Sharapova.
In the process Williams became the first tennis player ever to win golden slams in singles and doubles.
She and her big sister Venus go for a golden repeat title in Olympic women’s doubles on Sunday against the Czech Republic’s duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the gold medal match.in a few hours.
But did whiteness and white supremacist addled people give these women or their proud African-American community a chance to celebrate their hard earned victories in peace?
Hell naw. Black female trailblazing athletes are always catching hell from somebody that has a problem with themon some level .
First came the snide comments from some quarters because reigning gymnastics world champ Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around competition and her tears were beamed all over the world. I’ll admit I even felt sorry for Wieber for a moment until some of the online conversation and even the media started trying to minimize Gabby’s contributions to that Fab Five’s win.
Then I got pissed.
That was rapidly followed by ignorant knee-grow Twitterverse peanut gallery obsessing about Gabby’s hairwhich whiteness then picked up on.
It was folowed up on Thursday night by NBC’s clueless running of a promo commercial for one of the fall shows it’s heavily promoting called Animal Practice which featured a monkey doing ring gymnastics.
Cute commercial, only one major problem. NBC ran it immediately after Bob Costas had just done a segment commenting on Gabby’s historic all around win that was tape delayed in the US to show in primetime.
What’s the problem with that? Plenty. It may have been unintentional, but when Black people of both genders have been disrespectully compared to animals for over four centuries, that was a seriously problematic timing for that ad somebody in the production truck should have caught.
Combine that with people already being pissed off about how far too much of NBC’s televised coverage for the London games has been tape delayed.
NBC apologized for it, but yeah, as much as I riff on Fox Noise for their racism and I’m about to do again, I have to call it out when questionable race related stuff happens even on networks I watch on the regular.
Now moving on to Serena. She celebrated in the aftermath of her microwave tennis win by doing the crip-walk dance before changing into her USA warmup suit and receiving her hard earned gold medal.
Cue all the Williams haters and the racist idiots at Fox Noise trying to stir some stuff up I’ve gots to call their vanillacentric privileged hater tots chomping behinds on.