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A few short years ago this minor and perhaps thoughtless infraction would never have raised an eyebrow, today social media is on “fire” and perhaps it tells us more about us as a society then about Gabby Douglas.

Moreover who’s to say if Gabby not putting her hand over her heart during the playing of the National Anthem was “thoughtless, willful, innocent, planed” or “defiant,” act? Only Gabby knows for sure.

However that didn’t stop the daily feeding frenzy on social media of yet another innocuous incident going viral, to the extreme.

From CBS; “Douglas had her hands to her side while the rest of her teammates placed their hands over their hearts as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.

And from Social Media the outrage continued unabated, with almost the same mindless ferocity as if Douglas had committed a terrorist act.

Would love to know why Gabby Douglas didn't have her hand over her heart during the national anthem, she got to compete for her country #USA

— Kayla Shults (@kayla_shults) August 9, 2016

@gabrielledoug, you need to put your hand over your heart during the national anthem! I'm appalled #usagymnastics #Rio2016 #gabbydouglas

— Whitney Fifer (@Lady_Fife) August 9, 2016

Obviously within this politically correct environment and in hindsight it might have been a good idea if the coaches would have simply reminded the team before taking to the stage, to place their hand over their heart.

Douglas responded to the criticism on Twitter stating;

“In response to a few tweets I saw tonight, I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played. I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone. I’m so overwhelmed at what our team accomplished today and overjoyed that we were able to bring home another gold for our country!”

Hopefully perspective will eventually prevail and no doubt social media will find something else to feed on tomorrow.

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