*Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles made her debut as the first honorary Houston Texans cheerleader recently when her hometown team played the San Fransisco 49ers.
Eager to share her enthusiasm, Biles hit up Twitter to upload a photo of herself wearing a Texans sweatshirt, with the caption: “Can’t wait to cheer at my first game. GO HOUSTON TEXANS !!”
As reported by Yahoo Lifestyle, Biles received several encouraging comments but the remarks were overshadowed by trolls who were critical of her hair.
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One Twitter user said, “Baby … Your hair … You need some black friends,” and since posting, the tweet has gone viral.
Others flooded her feed sharing similar sentiments, with statements such as “I really cringe when I see a pretty black girl with hair not laid to some decree” and “She got too much money to b walking round like that.”
Peep some of the comments below:
Baby… Your hair… You need some black friends. https://t.co/67Czfag11W
— devoleB (@JoshuaThotties) December 10, 2017
I really cringe when I see a pretty black girl with her hair not laid to some decree ?
— |Answer| (@AnswerMBS) December 10, 2017
She got too much money to b walking round like that ?
— ✨ (@_tydolla) December 10, 2017
Biles remained lighthearted about the situation by responding to one person with, “just came straight from a 4 hour practice w/my hair in a bun, excuse my hair … hahah.”
just came straight from a 4 hour practice w/ my hair in a bun? excuse my hair … hahah
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) December 11, 2017
Biles had several defenders who stressed that the attention shouldn’t be on her hair but on her talent.
can y’all just let her enjoy her natural hair in peace???? you really don’t have to shame someone because they’re not constantly modifying their appearance.
— merry cleopatra? (@LaurennFodorr) December 11, 2017
Nothing wrong with her natural hair…if she wants to be “natural” remove the weave. Simple. Don’t be having African roots & Brazilian bundles. Either blend your leave out, or let the weave go.
— amateur MILF (@TOObContinued) December 11, 2017
Whether subconscious or conscious to speak on something so menial as hair is bringing someone down… And the comments just shows how much underlying detest we as black women have for one another… It’s sickening and sad
— Th3rd_Eye_Queen (@assata_malika) December 12, 2017