With great popularity and fan following comes great responsibility which most people will refuse to acknowledge. However, US Olympic Bobsledder Lauren Gibbs decided that she would not provide a platform for people to show their hate and just comment and say hurtful things because they can.
In the 2018 Winter Olympics which was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 33-year-old won a silver medal along with co-athlete Elana Meyers Taylor in the women's bobsleigh event. While at the Games, Gibbs took a selfie with none other than Ivanka Trump and faced a lot of backlash for it.
Gibbs had uploaded a shot of her posing with the President's daughter and also the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders who were both present at the Games as a part of the US delegation for the closing ceremony at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The problem that people had with the picture that Gibbs had uploaded was that they assumed that since she had posted a picture of her with Ivanka that she agreed with the White House's policies and fundamentals. She also faced a lot of criticism for allowing Ivanka Trump to wear her silver medal for a bit.
In response to the photograph that caused a whole lot of stir, Gibbs resorted to defending herself and stated that she had just conducted herself in a manner in which she would want to be dealt with or treated. She eventually took to deleting the selfie from her social media for the number of vicious comments and attention that it received.
In her own words, "I was tired of reading the hate being thrown back and forth." When people found out that she deleted the selfie, that cost a whole lot of outrage as well and people started to blame her for caving into liberal pressure. In a tweet she posted, Gibbs defended herself and justified her decision. This is what she said:
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