There’s some major drama in the Fierce Five right now! Aly Raisman has had a rough month after bravely admitting she was sexually abused by Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar, and it got a little rougher on Nov. 17. Aly got a lot of hate for her accusations, with naysayers pointing to her nude ESPN Body Issue photo shoot as proof that she didn’t get assaulted (which, how does that even make sense?) Aly bravely clapped back on Twitter, saying “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.” Apparently, her former Olympic teammate Gabby Douglas disagrees.
We are all in this together. If we are going to create change I need all your help. pic.twitter.com/q9d12z0KHn
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) November 17, 2017
“However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy,” she wrote while retweeting Aly’s message. “Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.” um okay, what is this the 1950s? We were stunned to see such a mean comment from the gymnast, but it sounds like Simone Biles wasnt.
“Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me…” she wrote in her own tweet. “Honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her.” Simone went on to say “I support you Aly & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG.”
Apparently that made Gabby reconsider her stance, because she followed up by saying “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.” Hopefully Gabby learned an important lesson about victim-shaming today!