Monday, August 6, 2012

Pink = Unpatriotic?

Gymnast Gabby Douglas was the toast of the world this past week after she became the third American woman in a row to win Olympic gold in the gymnastics all-around competition.

But as has become typical in our quick-to-be-critical world, shortly after her win, people (mostly women) took to social media outlets to denigrate Douglas' hairstyle. One woman asked on Twitter, "So for real though nobody wanted to go to London to do Gabby Douglas' hair?," while another commented, "Gabby Douglas is cute and all...but that hair...on camera." (Douglas was quick to dismiss that criticism, saying she doesn't care what people think.)

The latest round of criticism aimed at Douglas and other Olympic athletes is more ridiculous than that. Apparently Douglas is not patriotic enough because she didn't wear red, white, and blue, opting instead for a pink leotard.


Speaking on the Fox & Friends weekend show with Alisyn Camerota, conservative radio host David Webb said Douglas' attire was part of a broader sense of "soft anti-Americanism," which he feels has grown more apparent among American athletes since the previous Olympics. The radio host also pointed out that those cheering for Douglas did not break out in a rousing round of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" chants.

"What's wrong with showing some pride?," Webb asked of Douglas and other athletes. (As if the fact that they're representing their country at the freaking Olympics isn't enough a demonstration of pride?)

Interestingly, Webb ignores the fact that the Olympic Committee has denounced overzealous displays of American patriotism almost every time the games make their way to the United States, including in 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta. Even during the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City, which took place just months after 9/11, Americans were told to tone down the chest-beating. Speaking that year about a pre-Olympics tribute to those killed in the attacks, Mitt Romney—who at that time was the president of the Olympics Organizing Committee—conceded that the Olympics are "not our time to talk about how great America is."

Some may say, what do you expect from Fox News? But this type of criticism should not be acceptable. I am so tired of people calling others' patriotism into question if they behave or even look differently than what some person thinks is patriotic.

You know what is unpatriotic? Being judgmental and hate-filled. But there's more than enough of that to go around in this country.

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