If you caught my post about Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas last week, you may have noticed that I chose to focus only on her stunning, beautiful success, and ignored that “controversy” the media picked up and ran with.
I personally think the number of folks who had disparaging things to say about Gabby’s appearance is small, and the members of that group are mostly young and culturally insecure.
I really didn’t want or plan to ever use that 4-letter word that starts with ‘H’ on the same page with Gabby’s name, not because it isn’t an important discussion as it relates to Eurocentric standards of beauty, but because it seemed a petty distraction from Miss Douglas’ moment of glory. A distraction she didn’t deserve.
I would have stuck to that plan if I hadn’t stumbled across this video on YouTube featuring a teen poetess who nails the problem and the solution in under three minutes.
Well said, beautiful.