Conservative black radio host, David Webb, suggested that Douglas and her teammates weren’t showing enough patriotism by not sporting red, white and blue leotards or draping themselves in American flags after their team’s win.
Douglas sported a pink leotard in her historic gold medal placing in the All around. However, it’s important to point out she has adorned blue and red before, but still people are attacking the gymnast.
Webb and other conservative commentators see Douglas’s choice of pink rather than colors of the American flag, as well as other Olympiads, as a defiant stance against America.
“We’ve also lost over time that jingoistic feeling,” he said. “You know, the National Anthem, we sing it at baseball games. I think the National Anthem should be followed with, “Play ball.” It’s kind of an American thing. We’ve lost a little of that, you know, saying The Pledge of Allegiance. And I think that plays over into some of this soft acceptance. You know what? Red, white and blue – wear it. Wave it. Be proud to be an American. It’s not a political issue. But they make it a social issue.”
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