US Olympian Lauren Gibbs 'tired of reading the hate' deletes selfie taken with Ivanka Trump
A United States silver medallist and Olympian had to resort to deleting a selfie with Ivanka Trump for the reason that people assumed her to support the White House policies. On removing the post, she was again criticized for bending to pressure.
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.
I am not falling for anything...but being nasty to them would not solve the issue...and don't get me wrong there are many issues— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 25, 2018
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.
I mean I have let many people try it on! It’s a frickin Olympic medal and most people will never know what it is like to earn one, wear one or even touch one! It is meant to be shared ❤️— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 26, 2018
i am capturing the full experience of my first Olympics, they are part of it...again whether I like what they stand for or not.— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 25, 2018
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.
I deleted (by choice) the photo because I was tired of reading the hate being thrown back and forth. Whether you hate me for posting or hate me for taking it down... you are the same... hate from either side is hate... #samesame https://t.co/nXXF5no5Yl via @BreitbartNews— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 27, 2018
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:
It was allowing people to spew hate at each other which broke my heart. I still believe in what I said. I just wasn’t going to be a platform for people to be evil to each other— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 28, 2018
It was my choice to take it down... didn’t cave but didn’t want the photo caught up in a hate storm... but it’s my account and have the right to post and delete as I see fit— Lauren Gibbs (@lagibbs84) February 28, 2018