Gabby Douglas Apologizes After Simone Biles Reacts to Her Telling Aly Raisman Women Should 'Dress Modestly'
By Liz Calvario
Gabby Douglas is taking back her controversial comments she made on social media on Friday.
The 21-year-old gymnast issued an apology after Simone Biles called her out for telling their former USA Olympic Gymnastics competitor Aly Raisman that it's a woman's "responsibility" to "dress modestly" after Raisman spoke out about women being victim-shamed.
"Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse,” Raisman wrote in her post. "What is wrong with some of you? AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER."
Douglas replied to Raisman, saying in a now-deleted tweet, "However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."
After seeing Douglas' tweet, Biles tweeted a screenshot of Douglas' response and defended Raisman.
"Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her," Biles wrote. "I support you Aly ? & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG."
shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG pic.twitter.com/CccTzhyPcb
Following the backlash, Douglas apologized for her remarks, tweeting Friday night, "I didn’t correctly word my reply & I am deeply sorry for coming off like I don’t stand alongside my teammates. Regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. I am WITH you. #metoo."