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Gabby Douglas tells Oprah: I was bullied & called a slave during early gymnastics training in VA…


The Olympic gold medalist who took home the gold for her individual performance and for her work as part of the American team, tells the talk show host that things got so bad, she threatened to quit. That’s because the devil knew what was in store for her. 

“I felt I was being bullied and isolated from the group and they treated me not how they would treat their other teammates,” Douglas told Winfrey during the interview. “I definitely felt isolated. I felt like, why am I deserving this? “Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind.”

Mm, wonder how those heifers are treating her now?

Douglas, who scored two gold medals at this summer’s London Olympics, added that some of her teammates at her native Virginia Beach, Va., gym would sometimes use racial slurs against her.

“One of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?” she recalled. “And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?”

Earlier this summer, Douglas’ hairstyle became a point of discussion among Olympic fans, a fact that mystified the athlete.

“Where’s this coming from? Are you kidding me? What’s this about my hair,” she told the Daily News. “I gel it up, put some clips in it and put it in a bun. People shouldn’t be worried about that.”

To overcome cruelty, prejudice and adversity from people outside your race is one thing but to be criticized and ridiculed by your own people about something so petty as her hair, is just ridiculous!

Gabby sat down with Oprah last night on OWN. To read more of that interview click here!

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36 thoughts on “Gabby Douglas tells Oprah: I was bullied & called a slave during early gymnastics training in VA…”

  1. “I felt I was being bullied and isolated from the group and they treated me not how they would treat their other teammates,” Douglas told Winfrey during the interview. “I definitely felt isolated. I felt like, why am I deserving this? “Is it because I’m black? Like, those thoughts would go through my mind.”

    Mm, wonder how those heifers are treating her now?

    Yeah I wonder too. Prejudice lil bitches.

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  2. “The Olympic gold medalist who took home the gold for her individual performance and for her work as part of the American team, tells the talk show host that things got so bad, she threatened to quit.”

    That’s because the devil knew what was in store for her.

    And that’s also because the DEVIL is a liar too. he knew she was good enough to win and she did!!!! Tell em Gabby “Ha ya like me NOW!!!!!

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    1. a slave? they called her a monfuckin slave? wtf?
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      And Jesus was crucified, beaten and hung on a cross all to be rewarded in the end. Had the devil known about God’s plan for Christ and man he wouldn’t have crucified Him. Gabby mighta been crucified but she stood the test and WON her gold in the end.

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  3. Seriously, the best “revenge” you can have on bullies is success and she’s SUCCESSFUL enough said!

    Go Gabby!

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  4. You go, Gabrielle!
    All of that bullying and mistreatment just made you stronger. You surpassed them all BY FAR!

    Ah Ha haters!

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  5. Thank you Gabby Douglas for being an “Overcomer”!!!

    You are an inspiration to young women (esp. black) everywhere.

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    1. Thank you Gabby Douglas for being an “Overcomer”!!!

      You are an inspiration to young women (esp. black) everywhere.
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      Why is she only an inspiration to young black women? why not every women in america (of every color) everywhere @Yasha??

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      1. Thank you Gabby Douglas for being an “Overcomer”!!!

        You are an inspiration to young women (esp. black) everywhere.
        _____________________________________________________

        Why is she only an inspiration to young black women? why not every women in america (of every color) everywhere @Yasha??
        ~~~~~~
        Because black women need her as an example more @Angelhair. Y’all white women have Kim Hodashian, Lyndsy DrunkHan and Paris Hilton just to name a few that’s why??

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      2. Because black women need her as an example more @Angelhair. Y’all white women have Kim Hodashian, Lyndsy DrunkHan and Paris Hilton just to name a few that’s why??
        *****

        Cosign Yasha

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  6. You’d have to walk in Gabby Douglas’ shoes to truly understand the depth of what she’s talking about here. In fact, anyone possessing great, raw talent during their impressionable young years will likely face bullying. In Gabby’s case she experienced quite a load weighed down additionally with the racism and bigotry revealed in her interview.

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  7. Gabby has more class in her pinky than those bullies have in their entire body, glad she stuck with it, and showed them she’s #1

    Team Gabby Douglas people!

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  8. Not suprised at all that she was discouraged. that’s usually the case when you’re on the road to greatness!

    I thank God she persevered.

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  9. You go Gabby!
    You’re a champion and role model for all of us. You have a wonderful future ahead of you girl!!

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  10. Ms. Tracy Bell is posting mighty late! 🙂

    Nevertheless, I’m so proud of Gabby Douglas. She didn’t let ignorance and stupidity stop her from moving forward. Nor did she allow it to consume her and turn her into a hateful person.

    God bless her.

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    1. Nevertheless, I’m so proud of Gabby Douglas. She didn’t let ignorance and stupidity stop her from moving forward. Nor did she allow it to consume her and turn her into a hateful person.
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      cosign^

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  11. Gabby, you are a winner! No one can ever take that from you now.
    Did the girl who bullied you make it to the Olympics? yet alone win TWO GOLD MEDALS?

    Bullies can only win if you let them.

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  12. But a slave tho? so fucked up. well the slave got the fuckin gold now she gon ride the freedom train all the way to the bank!

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  13. They say Gabby lyin about being called a slave. the people from her gymnastics team are speaking out and running for cover. I tell you, when you spray roach spray them roaches come a runnin.

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