#HashItOut with Franchesca Ramsey - Gabby Douglas's National Anthem Backlash

August 11, 2016 - Ana Marie Cox 08/11/2016 Views: 6,163

The Twitterverse has a meltdown after American gymnast Gabby Douglas neglects to put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem at the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (4:16)

Thank you! Thank you very much!Welcome back!

Now, the 2016 Summer Olympicsare in full swing,

which means sports fanshave lots to celebrate

and argue about online.So here to fill us in

on who deserves gold and groansthis week

is Nightly Show ContributorFranchesca Ramsey

with another installmentof Hash It Out.

-♪ -(bird tweets)

Thanks, Larry.

This year's U.S. women'sgymnastics team

made us all proud by taking homethe gold for team all-around.

(cheering and applause)

But before we could even startcelebrating this epic win,

Twitter had a meltdownbecause Gabby Douglas

didn't put her handover her heart

during the national anthem.

Take a lookat some of these tweets.

"If Gabby Douglasis not patriotic enough

"to honor her country then sheneeds to find another sponsor

and go home with them."

Not patriotic enough?

Homegirl literally didbackflips wearing

our nation's flagcovered in rhinestones.

And I don't carewhat you say, sir,

there is nothing more patriotic

than a choreographed tributeto the Bedazzler.

"How dare Gabby Douglasnot put her hand on her heart

"for the Americannational anthem!


(groaning, laughter)

Kick her out of the Olympics?

Ugh, there's no waythis guy could get any worse.

Or so I thought until I sawhis Twitter profile.

(groaning, laughter)

But I guess I'm not surprisedthat a Trump supporter wants

to deport a brown person doingwork he's not qualified to do.

(cheering and applause)

Look, she'scompletely showing respect

by standing there proudlyduring the national anthem.

How 'bout you show some respect

for somebodywho made it possible

for the national anthem to beplaying in the first place?

(cheering and applause)

And maybe, maybe Gabby's armswere tired.

Do you knowhow much energy you expend

doing (bleep) Olympic-levelgymnastics?

Hell, this is me after walkingup four flights of stairs.


But the national anthem backlashwasn't even the worst of it.

Twitter took the gold medalin petty

when people started draggingGabby for her hair.

"I just want a black girl to doGabby Douglas' hair, bro.

That's it." Guess what, bro,

a black girl did Gabby's hair,Gabby.

"How does Gabby Douglas' mothereven let her be

on national television withthose edges looking like that?"

"Gabby Douglas got moneyand them edges horrible!"

No, what's horribleis them grammar you got.

(cheering and applause)


Let me just explain edges.

"Edges" is another wordfor "hairline."

And when it comes to black womenand hair, edges are a big deal.

Do you have them?Did Beyonchés...

Beyoncé snatch themwith her fierceness?

It's pretty serious stuff.

So why are people criticizingGabby's edges?

Well, according to Twitter,

they don't look nice enoughfor the Olympics.

Gabby's competing inthe Olympics, not a hair show.

You try doingthe uneven bars routine

with a helicopter on your head.

(laughter, applause)

It's nearly impossible.

If Gabby...

If Gabby was worriedabout keeping her edges laid,

she wouldn't be at the Olympics.

She'd be on the couchtalking (bleep) with you.


(cheers and applause)

You at home,she at the Olympics.

Plus, your hairline's boundto get a little fuzzy

when you're breaking a sweatand breaking world records.

WILMORE:All right.

Franchesca Ramsey, everybody.

-We'll be right back.-(cheers and applause)