June 20, 2024
Simone Biles

Simone Biles participates in a workout on Feb. 5, 2024, in Katy, Texas. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Social media fame is an inevitable part of being the world’s most decorated gymnast, and Simone Biles is no stranger to it. With 7.1 million followers on Instagram, 1.6 million on Twitter, and 879.8K on TikTok, she commands a substantial social media presence. However, this fame has come at a cost, often in the form of hate, nasty comments, and criticism. From the aftermath of her 2016 Rio Olympics success to her current preparations for her fourth Olympic appearance, Biles has continuously faced scrutiny and negativity.

Despite this, Simone Biles has consistently responded with grace, often clapping back at her haters with firm but dignified responses. However, Biles was once again left reeling and ultimately fed up with the X app. Let’s delve into the ongoing challenges the seven-time Olympic medalist has faced over the years, and how she has garnered support from countless fans, especially during her recent criticism of Elon Musk’s X platform.

The many instances in which Simone Biles has faced backlash on X (Twitter)
On May 1, 2024, Simone Biles tweeted, “X is a scary a** place,” expressing her emotions publicly. This tweet seemed to be an outburst due to the public scrutiny she and her partner, Jonathan Owens, faced after comments he made on ‘The Pivot Podcast.’ However, this frustration goes deeper, as this is not the first time Mrs. Owens has expressed her frustration with Elon Musk’s Twitter.

After the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Biles faced public scrutiny for her mental health crisis, being criticized for taking time off the mat and termed a “quitter” for choosing to protect her mental health. Hate was also thrown at Simone Biles even after her historic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won five medals.

Criticism arose over one of her Instagram posts made seven years prior, with followers targeting her serious expression. Responding firmly, Biles said, “Talk to me when you train for 14 years and earn 5 Olympic Medals.” She expressed her frustration, adding, “Take a couple seats.” Additionally, she shared her dismay, stating, “Comments like this have me shook. I really wanted to blur her name out so she doesn’t get attention, but it is what it is… #BLOCK.”
Simone Biles
She even faced hate in July 2021 when comedian Michael Che made insensitive comments about her on Instagram. His cruel jokes were posted on Twitter, including a joke about Larry Nassar, the former USA gymnastics doctor convicted of abusing hundreds of girls and women, including Simone Biles.

Then, in November 2022, Simone Biles expressed her frustration with Twitter after Elon Musk’s company took over. In an Instagram story, she showcased her problems with the platform, stating, “I’m literally about to delete Twitter, I can’t stand it anymore.” As we see a series of frustrations expressed over the years, we understand why Simone Biles’ most recent update surfaces. Let us now see how her fans reacted to her post.

Fans support the gymnastics queen amid her social media frustrations
Countless fans rallied behind Simone Biles in the threads below her post on X, expressing their support. One fan empathized, describing the platform as more sad than scary, highlighting the prevalence of miserable individuals lacking an outlet.

Another commenter acknowledged the unfortunate reality of people saying things online that they would never dare say in person.

However, amidst the negativity, one person even pointed out the presence of kind-hearted individuals on the platform as well.

One supporter wished both Simone Biles and her husband, Jonathan Owens, well, expressing hope for their happiness despite the hate.

Despite the negativity Biles has faced over the years, the overwhelming support she receives from her fans remains the same. As she continues her Olympic journey, fans express their hopes for her successful comeback and redemption from the challenges she faced during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, ‘Twisties’. They firmly believe that her return to the pinnacle stage will silence the haters once and for all. What are your thoughts? Comment below!

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