Simone New ‘It’ Name for Black Girls? Plus Fans Come to Gabby’s Defense After Biles’ Win

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Simone Biles, Simone Manuel and Gabby Douglas (Twitter)
Simone Biles, Simone Manuel and Gabby Douglas (Twitter)

Two Black Olympians named Simone earned gold medals in their respective sports yesterday and as Twitter quickly congratulated them, they also took aim at Gabby Douglas for supposed shade. Gymnast Simone Biles won the women’s individual all-around gold while Swimmer Simone Manuel made history in the women’s 100 meter freestyle that night.

Users stood behind the Team USA champions and many remarked they wanted to change their names to Simone or give it to their children.

Track-and-field Olympian Darrell Hill said he would name his daughter Simone because of the “magic attached to it.”

Khalid Pitts made a prediction that the name will be the most popular girls’ name next year.

Jennifer wished she shared the same name as the Black Olympians to get some #BlackGirlMagic.

And Jason Reynolds announced a decision on his moniker.

Amid the congratulatory tweets, Manuel told USA Today in a post-race interview she was aware of the impact her first place finish had in the Black community, especially with continued police brutality. But she ultimately wanted the focus of her win to go beyond her blackness.

The Stanford student said she tried to take away some of the pressure of the Black community and hoped for a day when her race isn’t the focus of her achievements.

“Coming into the race I tried to take [the] weight of the Black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me. I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the Black swimmer.’ ”

“The title of Black swimmer suggests that I am not supposed to win golds or break records,” she continued. “But that’s not true because I train hard and want to win just like everyone else.”

When it came to Biles, Olympic viewers took notice of Douglas’s supposed irritation with the 19-year-old’s win. As teammates Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez gave Biles a standing ovation, Douglas applauded from her seat.

Madison Garrett thought the 2012 women’s all-around champion should have tried to “smile and pretend to be happy” for her Final Five teammate.

Zoe wrote Douglas a note from the Black community.

But some came to Douglas’ defense.

Abigaelle Coly called pitting the gymnasts against each other “disgusting.”

@cchuges611 pointed out the cameras caught the athlete in a quick moment and it didn’t mean she was jealous.

@kyiiaa_ didn’t blame Douglas and wanted everyone to “leave her alone.”

Mika believed the three-time Olympic gold medalist did not owe the public anything after her past accomplishments.

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