Gabby Douglas, ‘I Was Called A Slave’


Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas suffered as a young gymnast in her native Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she was taunted by fellow gymnasts. She revealed to Oprah Winfrey on Sunday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter about what happened at her gym: ‘One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?”

I definitely felt isolated, I felt why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black? Those thoughts would go through my mind.’ The teasing got so bad that, at age 14, Douglas threatened to quit the sport altogether if they couldn’t move away and find a new coach.

I felt like I was bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat the other teammates.’ Gabby eventually did move to Des Moines, Iowa, in order to train at Liang Chow’s gym, where fellow Olympic champ Shawn Johnson trained.

  • Ijustneedyounow

    this shows how cruel kids an be *shakes head* but it’s not their fault but their parents cause kids usually repeat what they here at home or whereever. if my parents heard me say anything like that they’d whack me in the head… these sick little kids probably get a cookie for saying stupid shit like this

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  • AcidPinkLemonade

    Yawn, everyone was bullied at some point in their life. It’s nothing new.

  • Anonymous

    Yawn? It’s not just at “some point in their life.” Racism is whole different thing. You’re an asshole.

  • AcidPinkLemonade

    Anonymous said:

    Yawn? It’s not just at “some point in their life.” Racism is whole different thing. You’re an asshole.
    Racism is a form of bullying. I’m not justifying what they did, it was wrong. Everyone may not have racist comments thrown at the them but pretty much everyone has been bullied at some point, even if it’s in a joking matter.
    Granted, I worded my statement wrong but that doesn’t make me an asshole.
    It sucks that she had to go through that and it’s disturbing that people can be so mean.