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Ghostbusters star and Rio Olympics super-fan Leslie Jones has taken to Twitter with a viral hashtag in support of US Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas. Douglas has been under social media attack from royal jerks for days, all because she didn't put her hand on her chest during the Star Spangled Banner during a medal ceremony, and didn't cheer quite hard enough for other gymnasts during the all-around final for some fans' liking, and even that her hair isn't "straight enough."
Jones was herself recently the target of ire from haters with nothing better to do than try to tear down successful black women, and is now sticking up for Douglas on Twitter, even getting CEO Jack Dorsey involved.
The hashtag picked up steam, with fans and other celebrities showing love for Douglas and her massive success at the Rio Olympics, where she has won the gold medal for women's all around gymnastics.
Douglas tweeted out a message of thanks to Jones and everyone who piped up on her behalf with the hashtag on Monday afternoon:
The Rio Games are Douglas' final Olympics, and she spoke to the press about the "hurtful" criticisms that have been raining down on her since last week. According to ESPN, Douglas told the press in a post-competition interview,
I tried to stay off the internet because there's just so much negativity. 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... I've always said it was an honor to represent the U.S. You always do this for your country, and then, like people say, for yourself and other people.
Douglas made history at the women's all-around competition when she became the first black woman in the history of the Olympic Games to win the gold in individual all-around gymnastics.