Hair shaming...it’s an interesting concept that I believe stems from self hate. Women of color think their hair has to defy its natural state in order to be acceptable. What do ya’ll think? ..................................... Simone Biles is an all-around Olympic gold medalist, and since winning big as a gymnast in 2016, she has gained a continually growing fanbase. The 20-year-old made her debut as the first honorary Houston Texans cheerleader on Sunday when her hometown team played the San Fransisco 49ers. While she is super excited about her latest gig, internet trolls still found something to shame her for.
Eager to share her enthusiasm, Biles uploaded a photo of herself wearing a Texans sweatshirt and her hair worn loosely on Twitter, with the caption: “Can’t wait to cheer at my first game. GO HOUSTON TEXANS !!” Her post received love from more than 34,000 people and was shared more than 2,000 times. While many individuals left encouraging comments such as “Slay, Simone! Have a great time” and “Good luck!!! Hope you enjoy the experience,” there were many overshadowing remarks regarding Biles’s hair.
One person took to Twitter and said, “Baby … Your hair … You need some black friends,” and since posting, the tweet has gone viral with more than 20,000 retweets and more than 46,000 likes. Others flooded Biles’s feed sharing similar sentiments, with statements such as “I really cringe when I see a pretty black girl with hair not laid to some decree” and “She got too much money to b walking round like that.”