Twitter is on fire after what Gabby Douglas has just pulled off. Not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has just gotten people HEATED! Was it nerves, disregard or worse?
Douglas had her hands to her side while the rest of her teammates placed their hands over their hearts as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.
While it may have seemed innocuous, many vented their outrage on Twitter, claiming Douglas was being disrespectful.
— Max Johnson (@trueblueaggie12) August 9, 2016
Would love to know why Gabby Douglas didn’t have her hand over her heart during the national anthem, she got to compete for her country #USA
— Kayla Shults (@kayla_shults) August 9, 2016
— Whitney Fifer (@Lady_Fife) August 9, 2016
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Following the social media criticism, Douglas took to Twitter to say she “never meant any disrespect.”
“In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played. I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country!” Douglas tweeted.
Well there you have it. I don’t think something like this should make or break a person’s opinion of another. It’s the Olympics, which is a pretty big deal. She could have easily just been in total awe, and missed the queue to put hand to heart. It can happen.