Gabby Douglas Apologizes After ‘Victim Shaming’ Scandal
Well that was quick. Hours after Gabby Douglas ignited a firestorm on the Internet after victim-shaming teammate Aly Raisman for “dressing provocatively,” the Olympic champion apologized for her comments.
Aly Raisman has publicly accused their team doctor Lawrence G. Nassar for molesting her when she was underage. (Nassar is currently facing criminal charges for molesting other gymnasts).
On Twitter, Raisman shared a post that women dressing sexy doesn’t give anyone the right to shame or abuse them. This elicited a response from Douglas who essentially victim-shamed her, saying it is women’s “responsibility to dress modestly.” Douglas continued to defend her statements on social media and even fellow gymnast Simone Biles chimed in to condemn her.
A few hours later Douglas apologized. But damage has been done. Can’t have your cake and eat it too Gabby. You clearly said what you said — no one “misunderstood” anything.
I am so disappointed in her but I hope this is a teachable moment. Many women are not aware that misogyny throughout the years have normalized the negative way they see themselves. The time for change is long overdue. No one is ever “responsible” for other people’s actions period.
Here are the relevant tweets:
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
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!
STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) November 17, 2017
u misunderstood me. not blaming the victim at all. no man should look at any woman that way.
— Gabby Douglas (@gabrielledoug) November 17, 2017
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