Gabby Douglas and Other Victims of Bullying by Their Own Communities

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Gabby Douglas and Other Victims of Bullying by Their Own Communities

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Gabby Douglas

American gymnast Gabby Douglas, winner of two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, told Oprah she was teased by some of her teammates in her native Virginia Beach, Virginia. Some of the taunts allegedly included racial slurs. "One of my teammates was like, 'Can you scrape the bar?' And they were like, 'Why doesn't Gabby do it, she's our slave?'" said Gabby. "I felt like I was bullied and isolated from the group, and they treated me not how they would treat the other teammates."

But taunts from white teammates is not the only bullying Douglas has supposedly received. She recently took a beating for the appearance of her hair at the Olympics, but a large majority of the negative comments came from African Americans who felt her hair failed to "represent" the African American community.

What other stars have taken a beating from their own communities?


Pop singer Rihanna, who came to the defense of a school girl who was suspended for dying her hair red like the pop star, revealed that she was bullied as a school girl for having lighter skin. "Having lighter skin wasn't a problem in my household, but it was when I went to school - which really confused me at first," said Rihanna. "The harassment continued to my very last day of elementary school."

Kimora Lee Simmons

Model Kimora Lee Simmons, who lost weight after giving birth to son Kenzo and who was photographed in February looking fabulous, was bullied for her mixed-race. Said the half Asian and half African American Lee, "All the black kids said, 'She thinks she's white!'"

Chris Bosh

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh, who welcomed a baby son, Jackson Anthony, in May was teased when he was younger. Besides being bullied for being skinny and tall, he was also bullied for speaking "proper."

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