Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is being taken to task on Twitter after a now-deleted tweet was perceived as victim-shaming another U.S. gymnast that's come out against sexual assault.
In a tweet from Aly Raisman, who has come out and accused a former U.S. Gymnastics doctor of sexual assault, Douglas responded saying "however it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."
Raisman's tweet was a note with the attached headline: "We are all in this together. If we are going to create [the] change I need all your help."
As Twitter began to question Douglas's intentions, Raisman's 2016 Rio teammate Simone Biles came to support a fellow final 5 member - with a screenshot of Douglas's tweet to Raisman.
We are all in this together. If we are going to create change I need all your help. pic.twitter.com/q9d12z0KHn— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 17, 2017
"[It] shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her," Biles tweeted. "I support you Aly ?? & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG"
shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly ?? & all the other women out there!— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 17, 2017
STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
After an evening of backlash, Douglas tweeted "I didn’t correctly word my reply & I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. I am WITH you. #metoo."
i didn’t correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) November 18, 2017
In response to #metoo and both women and men discussing their sexual assaults, Raisman revealed that ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar allegedly sexually assaulted her for years.
Another teammate, McKayla Maroney, also claimed Nassar molested her. He's currently awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges in addition to being sued by more than 125 women, according to the Associated Press.
Since her revelation, Raisman has been both honored and shamed since. Despite several positive interviews, people on social media say other things - like her nude photoshoot for the 2016 ESPN Body issue, and social media videos of her in Reebok gear on promotional shoots - are attention-seeking.
It is absurd that by posting a video of myself working out outside I am told by some I am asking for attention. Society needs 2 stop shaming— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 3, 2017
It pisses me off that women are constantly told they are asking for attention. We all need to stand together and help create change.— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 3, 2017
Despite the attempt to repair her message, social media did not take kindly to Douglas's initial message.
All I have to say about this Gabby Douglas thing is:— Jen ?? (@ncsujen) November 18, 2017
Ladies, if you saw a grown man butt naked walking down the street, how many of you would run over and rape him?
THAT'S how little attire actually has to do with rape. Rapists rape people, not outfits.
Me seeing Gabby Douglas' tweet about dressing modestly to Aly Raisman as she opens up being molested by the team doctor. pic.twitter.com/Ax9lThGiEi— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) November 18, 2017
simone biles shading gabby douglas is the content i’m here for pic.twitter.com/nup4nlqOMV— Dylan (@scholaurship) November 17, 2017
I remember when people made fun of Gabby Douglas for her hair during the olympics & when white folks tried to say she was unpatriotic for not having her hand on her heart during the anthem & we defended her then she victim blames her teammate who was sexually assaulted. pic.twitter.com/6tiHVeW4ik— Brother Voodoo (@DrTGIF) November 18, 2017
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