Leslie Jones Pays It Forward On Social Media By Coming To Gabby Douglas’s Aid

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08.15.16 11 Comments


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Leslie Jones has been on quite a roller coaster lately, starting with some truly awful harassment on Twitter before having the happy ending of heading to Rio to help NBC with their Olympic coverage. Gabby Douglas, one of Team USA’s Final Five female gymnasts and a much celebrated Olympian, has faced an inordinate amount of online harassment for the entire Rio Games, being accused not being patriotic enough, being bitter over her teammates wins, and earning the nickname “Crabby Gabby.”

“Either it was about my hair or my hand not over my heart [on the medal podium] or I look depressed. … It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with,” Douglas said.

This did not sit well with Jones, who took to Twitter to defend Douglas from similar haters to the ones that plagued her, starting the hashtag # to encourage the Olympian.

In one of the instances where Twitter was used to build someone up instead of tearing them down, the hashtag took off like wildfire, with celebrities and other Twitter users sending their support to Douglas.

Douglas was moved by the outpouring of support, tweeting her thanks to Jones and the rest of Twitter’s do-gooders.

Let’s all try to be a little kinder, shall we?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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