Leslie Jones rallies support for Gabby Douglas after online bullying

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Leslie Jones knows firsthand what it's like to be bullied and harassed in the public space that is social media. So, when she heard that Gabby Douglas, who has earned herself a spot in American history as an Olympic gold medalist, was being bullied on the same platform she once was — well Jones wasn't going to just sit and be quiet.

So Jones tweeted out a call to users to rally behind Douglas and show their support for the Olympian. "Yo I just heard Gabby getting attacked on her page show her the love you showed me #LOVE4GABBYUSA," she tweeted.

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Things started going awry on social media when users began critiquing Douglas for everything from her hair to her skin to her smile. There were accusations of her being "unpatriotic" after she didn't hold her hand up to her heart during the national anthem. Then there was the nickname: "Crabby Gabby." As her mom put it, "What did she ever do to anyone?"

Finally, Douglas had to address the comments at the Olympics. "When they talk about my hair or not putting my hand over my heart or being very salty in the stands, really criticizing me, for me it was really hurtful," Douglas said through tears. Still, she said she had nothing for love even for the people throwing hate her way. "I've been through a lot," she said. "I still love them. I still love the people who love me. Still love them who hate me. I'm just going to stand on that."

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: (L to R) Gold Medalists Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Alexandra Raisman of the United States celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
United States' Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas take a selfie after their team won the gold for the artistic gymnastics women's team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Gabrielle Douglas of the United States poses for photographs with her gold medal after the medal ceremony for the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
U.S. gymnasts, left to right, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas and Madison Kocian wave to the audience at the end of the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
United States' Lauren Hernandez performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the Floor event during the women's team final Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
United States' Lauren Hernandez, left, gives a massage to teammate Madison Kocian during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Alexandra Raisman of the United States prepares to compete on vault during the women's team gymnastics final on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The United States women won the event. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Lauren Hernandez of the United States prepares ro compete on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
United States' Madison Kocian ties her hair with ribbons in the colors of her national flag during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
U.S. gymnasts, from left to right, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Lauren Hernandez rest during the artistic gymnastics women's team final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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On Monday, with a little help from Jones, Douglas finally started getting back some of the love she was sending out into the ethos. Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes tweeted out their support for the gymnast as did plenty of other celebrities and Twitter users. It was a welcome respite from the animosity from the previous days.

And it didn't slip past Douglas.









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