The Olympics happen every four years and the games are usually a season of triumph and victory, but unfortunately the 2012 Olympic games have had their fair share of well, shady and superficial moments with a side of hateration.
Yes, Serena did the “c-walk” to celebrate her gold medal on the tennis court, and sure social media buzzed about Gabby Douglas’ hair, despite her history making team and individual all-around gold medals, but the Lolo Jones shade and hate got realer than real when her teammates did their subliminal trash-talking about the track star on NBC Sports. Why is the Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells trash-talking something that should be discussed? Oh, because Serena and Gabby were of course talked up in the media negatively, but instead of letting the media bashing of Lolo Jones’ rise live, the silver and bronze medalists Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells let the world know that Lolo (without saying her name) didn’t deserve any of the attention she’s been getting. One can argue that the girls had a point, but after blatantly hating on Lolo in the middle of an interview, I’d like to say that they unsuccessfully got their point across.
So, we all know that Black women as a whole still seem to have issues supporting each other because of things like skin color, hair texture, who’s natural, who’s permed, who’s richer, who’s poorer and a bunch of other things that are petty and don’t matter and whether or not Dawn and Kellie knew it then or know it now, their criticism of Lolo ended up looking like two Black women who couldn’t deal with their sister (yes, Lolo is half Black) getting more shine then them. Honestly, at this point if Dawn or Kellie are looking for endorsement deals for their silver and bronze medals they should keep dreaming.
In the NY Times article written about Lolo Jones and her unnecessary hype, Dawn Harper said she wouldn’t speak ill of Lolo and simply said that the attention Jones gets is frustrating since she had her own struggles that she decided to keep private. Well, Dawn, you were given the opportunity to tell your story and celebrate your victories on NBC Sports and when you did, the lack of professionalism that you and your teammate Kellie exhibited was sickening. You two may have won the silver and bronze medals, but you need to find some integrity and grab a slice of humble pie because the way that you two conducted yourselves was disgusting and definitely put the attention back on Lolo. Is it that Lolo doesn’t deserve any endorsements, or are you just jealous?
Oh, and if you don’t think that the attention was put back on Lolo, you should probably check out what people wrote about your interview. Beyond that, if you wanted people to learn your names and respect you, you failed. Most of us know you as and will remember you as the silver and bronze medalists who couldn’t help but lose their cool on camera. And to clarify, yes, you won the race, but no, we still don’t know your names.