Gabby Douglas" glorious Olympic performance hits a sour note after nasty Twitter row over her HAIR


Gabby Douglas' glorious Olympic performance hits a sour note after nasty Twitter row over her HAIR

The 16-year-old double gold medal winner has become the topic of debate on Twitter as critics argue that her ponytail is unkempt

A legion of supporters have taken to the social networking site to defend the teenage superstar

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21:04 GMT, 2 August 2012

Gabrielle Douglas has done America proud in winning her second Olympic gold medal so it comes as some surprise that a debate has broken out on Twitter over her hair.

Though she may have more important things on her mind, the Twittersphere is abuzz with discussion over the 16-year-old's slightly-tousled ponytail.

Critics have argued that her dark locks should in fact mimic the tight, ballerina-style bun that gymnasts usually tuck their hair into.

Heated debate: U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, who has won her second gold medal, has been criticised for her slightly-tousled ponytail. Twitter users have used the site to express disapproval, while others are defending the champion

Debate: U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, who has won her second gold medal, has been criticised for her hair style. Twitter users have used the site to express disapproval, while others are defending the champion

Winner: The teenager, above, became the fourth straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize

Winner: The teenager, above, became the fourth straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize

In the Flying Squirrel's defense, her hair has been kept securely in place with ample gel and hair clips as she leaped and twirled her way to glory – twice.

The debate was sparked over the weekend after several users took to the social networking site to express their disapproval over her hair style.

One user wrote: 'Gabby Douglas gotta [sic] do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it!'.

Another posted: 'In Olympic news, why hasn't anyone tried to fix Gabby Douglas' hair'.

To which a further user replied: 'That's an Olympic sport too!'.

Tousled: Critics believe Miss Douglas, above, should have had her hair put up in a neat ballerina-esque bun

Tousled: Critics believe Miss Douglas, above, should have had her hair put up in a neat ballerina-esque bun

Tousled: Critics believe Miss Douglas, above, should have had her hair put up in a neat ballerina-esque bun

The teenage superstar, who today won the all-around title becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize, is also being defended on Twitter by a new batch of supporters.

One
user wrote: 'People busy talking about Gabby Douglas not having her
hair done She's busy sweating & WINNING GOLD MEDALS… you're on
TWITTER. Right'.

Another
person wrote: 'If you want to ride Gabby Douglas for her hair, you
should be open to her coming over to critique your muscle tone'.

A
further user wrote: 'Gaby [sic] Douglas may not have her hair done, but
she accomplished something more than half of us didn't. Focus'.

Not a fan: One user, above, took to the social networking site to announce his disapproval over her hair

Not a fan: One user, above, took to the social networking site to announce his disapproval over her hair

Critic: Another Twitter user, above, stated that fixing the teenager's hair would prove an Olympic sport itself

Critic: Another Twitter user, above, stated that fixing the teenager's hair would prove an Olympic sport itself

Peculiarly, Miss Douglas' hair is possibly the neatest out of her whole team leading many to wonder what all the fuss is about.

Her teammates which include Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman and Kyla Ross, have each been spotted with unruly strands of hair poking out of their buns and ponytails.

It may be Miss Douglas' incredible talents that have put her into the firing line as she outshines the rest of the competition.

For whatever reason, it is not the first time the styling of black hair has come under debate.

Solange Knowles was forced to defend her natural afro, which she wears proudly, after it was slammed by critics who called it 'unkempt' and 'dry as heck'.

One even compared her natural locks to those of a homeless person.

Support: Other users have defended the young athlete, as shown above. They have claimed the topic is nonsense

Support: Other users have defended the young athlete, as shown above. They believe the topic is nonsense

Defense: Another user, above, expressed expressed that critics should watch what they say

Defense: Another user, above, expressed expressed that critics should watch what they say

Regardless of the debate, the teenager should no doubt be too busy being congratulated by the rest of the country to weigh in on the mind-boggling hair debate.

She finished
with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova
of Russia, to become the first African-American competitor to claim the
title.

While her U.S. teammates hopped up and
down in the stands, Miss Douglas simply grinned. Up in the stands, her
mother, Natalie Hawkins, hugged her children and Missy Parton, whose
family Miss Douglas lives with in West Des Moines, Iowa.