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The Bachelorette Spoilers 2017: Final Three, Winner CONFIRMED! Who Does Rachel Choose?!

The Bachelorette is about to begin its 13th season on ABC.

While we've yet to see a single episode, Rachel Lindsay's epic journey for love has just concluded with a final rose ceremony in Spain.

Customarily, The Bachelor spoilers have already leaked.

Rachel Lindsay: The Bachelorette Poster

Hands in the air if you're surprised ... hello? Anyone?!

There are no hands in the air because The Bachelorette spoilers leaking before the season begins, let alone ends, is a foregone conclusion.

It's even more of a given than the winners of the previous season breaking up, which is really saying something given the show's history!

We apologize for the pessimism in what should be an uplifting time, but we tell it like it is, and they're batting around .070. Just saying.

Anyway, back to the lecture at hand, as Snoop would say:

Starting Monday night, more than two dozen guys will arrive at the Bachelor mansion to begin their formal courtship with Chris Harrison.

Er, sorry. With Rachel Lindsay. Here's the full lineup"

Soon, she will begin to pare down the field until only a few contenders are left and, eventually, a final rose recipient is selected.

To the surprise of no one, Reality Steve (a.k.a. the Soothsayer of The Bachelorette spoilers) has already uncovered the scoop.

As a result of his sleuthing, we can confirm who Rachel has already gone on hometown dates with, and who gets cut after that.

Moreover, we can tell you who among her final three guys walks away from the finale engaged to the beautiful attorney from Dallas.

Ready to find out exactly who the final four are, and whose life will be intensely scrutinized as soon as the season finale airs?

The four dudes who make it to hometowns are:

Dean Unglert Pic

1. Dean Unglert (above). He is a startup recruiter who has his mother's initials tattooed on his chest. Will he add "RL" next?!

Bryan Abasolo Pic

2. Bryan Abasolo (above). Dr. Bryan, as he is sometimes referred to, is a chiropractor who has spoken Spanish since he was a child.

Talk about a cool and useful skill set. Will it be part of the whole package that lands him in the winner's circle, or will it be ...

Eric Bigger Pic

3. Eric Bigger (above). This is a personal trainer who considers himself to be somewhat of a neat freak. We all have our neuroses.

Also, he is jacked out of his mind. Like, shredded. Do you even lift?! We're guessing he does ... but seriously, is that an eight-pack!?

Goodness gracious.

Peter Kraus Pic

4. Peter Kraus (above). This is a business owner who has a fear of heights, according to his oh-so-revealing ABC biography.

A quartet of worthy contenders, to be sure, so you know when it came down to the final three, Rachel had a tough decision.

Which three to take on overnight dates (read: take into the Fantasy Suite for sexiness), and which one to send home alone?

Dean Unglert, according to Steve, is eliminated, at this stage, but rest assured, he'll be off to Bachelor in Paradise. Phew.

That leaves us with a final three of Eric Bigger, Peter Kraus and Bryan Abasolo, all of whom meet Lindsay's family in Dallas.

So, the million dollar question: Who will win the final rose, and become Rachel's fiance at season's end (if she picks one)?!

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Bryan Abasolo. Rachel is engaged to Bryan Abasolo.

It's still not clear who made the final two, or where the exit of the third-place finisher occurred, but Bryan wins, and proposed in Spain.

As always, in Reality Steve's own words, this is a lock.

The man's track record speaks for itself. Yes, he has been wrong before, but very rarely so, and he'll cheerfully admit when he is.

He's simply spot-on accurate almost always.

So between now and early August, when we expect the season finale will air, expect a whole lot of rumors, half-truths and misdirection.

Maybe there will in fact be a mammoth twist that blows The Bachelorette spoilers above to smithereens at the last second.

We just wouldn't bet on it.

Granted, as those who follow this stuff religiously know, Steve initially told us Peter Kraus would take home the final rose, not Bryan.

That prediction? Well, it's now been amended.

We'll have more episodic details, spoilers and specifics about how everything plays out once they become available next week and beyond.

We'll also update this with any twists or inaccuracies that need correcting or addendums. Again, though, we don't anticipate the former.

As for whether love will last for Ms. Lindsay?

We would not bet on it, that's for darn sure. Which is not a knock on Rachel, but simply a commentary on the show and its track record. 

Please, prove us wrong, Rachel and Bryan!

13 Reality TV Hoaxes You Totally Fell For

Admit it: you've been had at some point in the past, haven't you?

You thought what you were watching on reality television was 100% real, only to later learn the devastating truth.

We've all been there. And now we can all be here: relive the most shocking reality TV show hoaxes in history below...

1. Dance Moms

Dance moms
We’ll just let Maddie Ziegler, arguably the show's top performer, lay it right out for you, courtesy of an interview with USA Today: "The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other. You know how I said that moms do fight? The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it." Host Abby Lee Miller really does suck, however. that's not fake.

2. House Hunters

House hunters
Bobi Jensen blogged in 2012, on a site titled “Hooked on Houses,” that her experience on House Hunter was totally contrived. Turns out, the couple had selected its home prior to appearing on the show and producers even changed Jensen’s story over why she was moving.

3. Breaking Amish

Breaking amish
Can we change the title of this TLC series to "Having Already Broken Amish?" After the very first episode aired, it came out that most participants had already left their Amish family for the bright lights of the big city.

4. Storage Wars

Storage wars
Dave Hester, a prominent presence on A&E’s Storage Wars, left production and sued the network over the phony aspects of the show. He said producers loaded units up with items to give each episode an artificial angle and that they even funneled money to teams to keep each episode's bidding competitive.

5. Ghost Adventures

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Ghost Adventures star Aaron Goodwin was fired in 2014 after he stopped by the podcast Are We Alone and explained how the network staged reactions, sound effects and other aspects of the program. He said it was "sickening" that he was part of such a "fraud."

6. The Hills

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Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and other cast members have come out and said pretty much everything you saw on this MTV reality show as scripted. Shocking, we know!
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Della Reese Passed Away at 86

Singer, songwriter, and Touched By An Angel star Della Reese has passed away at 86.

As she is mourned by her friends and family, she's also remembered by fans for her many contributions.

And her former costar broke the news.

Della Reese, Award

Actress Roma Downey, who spent years as Della's costar, took to Instagram to share the following difficult message:

"On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home surrounded by love."

Della's life was full and she played many roles in many lives.

"She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer."

When a celebrity passes, their loss is felt by their loved ones as well as by countless fans. Roma was sure to acknowledge that.

"Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people."

That's a powerful contribution to the world.

The tribute message continues:

Della Reese, Instagram Photo

"She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By An Angel."

And it is from Touched By An Angel that most people recognize both actresses.

"I know heaven has a brand new angel this day."

That's not really standard Christian theology but it's a common expression.

"Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you."

That thoughtful message was followed by nine emojis of a dove in flight.

Very tasteful.

Della Reese in Glasses

When people mention Della Reese's role as an award-winning singer and song-writer, it's important that we remember that this was a woman of many talents.

She didn't sing from just one or two musical genres.

She was a nightclub singer. She was a jazz singer. She was a gospel singer. And she was also a pop singer.

And, again, she was also an actress and a pastor on top of all of that.

Oh, and a talk show host.

She had her own talk show series that had nearly 200 episodes.

Della Reese with Fun Hair

Della Reese is survived by her children: Deloreese, James, Franklin, and Dominique, and also by her husband, Franklin Lett.

She's a music legend and star of television and film.

She was also a pillar of her religious community. Many consider serving as a pastor to be life's highest calling.

Everyone whose life she touched will miss her.

Snoop Dogg to Donald Trump: Eff You, Biatch!

This not exactly just in:

Snoop Dogg is not a fan of Donald Trump.

This was made clear in March when the rapper joked about killing the President.

Just a few months later, Snoop Dogg again referenced the death of Trump, earning serious ire from everyone on Twitter who says he or she just wants to Make America Great Again.

Now, the veteran artist has recorded a YouTube video in which he SLAMS the Commander-in-Chief for a pair of recent actions/words/Tweets.

Last week, Trump helped convince the Chinese government to release three UCLA basketball players who had been caught stealing sunglasses from a store prior to the basketball team playing a game in that country.

One of those players was LiAngelo Ball, the son of LeVar Ball, the outspoken father of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball. 

After Trump worked to get Ball sent home, the President demanded that he and his teammates show him some gratitude.

LiAngelo did so. But LeVar basically mocked Trump instead, resulting in the following Tweet from the President:

Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead.

China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!

Yes, the President of the United States said he should have let citizens rot in a foreign prison because he was not properly thanked after doing his duty.

Then, on Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch played a game in Mexico City.

Before it began, he sat for the American national anthem... and stood up for the Mexican national anthem.

Trump responded as follows:

Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season.

Attendance and ratings way down.

(Editor's Note: Attendance is actually up on average for NFL games this season. And America is the land of the free and all that.)

This all brings us back to Snoop Dogg.

In responds to President Trump picking a fight with LeVar Ball and Marshawn Lynch, the rapper makes it very clear in the footage below that he stands with the two sports figures.

And strongly against The Donald.

"F-ck you, Donald Trump, and everything you stand for," Snoop says bluntly.

And then he says A LOT more.

See for yourself:

Snoop dogg to donald trump eff you biatch

Kylie Jenner: Pregnant With TWINS?!

Back in October, we learned that Kylie Jenner is pregnant with her first child, and the weeks that followed have raised many questions, while offering little in the way of answers.

For starters, Kylie has yet to confirm that she's expecting, so we suppose it's possible this is all some sort of elaborate con.

Kylie Jenner, Baby Bump Hidden

(That seems highly unlikely, but until Kylie makes it official, the possibility remains.)

Naturally, Kylie's hesitance to announce her pregnancy has spawned countless rumors about why she might be so reluctant to share her big news.

Some believe Kylie is Kim Kardashian's surrogate (ed. note: lol).

Others think Kylie got pregnant by Tyga, not by boyfriend Travis Scott (ed. note: lol?).

But what if there's nothing scandalous about Kylie's pregnancy, and she's actually keeping the details on the down-low because the situation is even more exciting than fans suspect?

We're talking, of course, about the possibility that Kylie is having twins.

Kylie Jenner Closeup

That's the theory put forth by a group fans last week, and it appears to be based on nothing other than--wait for it--a photo of Kylie's face.

Yes, Kylie has been careful to keep the full-body shots to a minimum in recent weeks, but some of her devotees (who we imagine are also, like, forensic gynecologists who happen to be psychic or something) have drawn conclusions based on the above pic ... which, again, only shows Kylie's face.

"Her face is fuller. Is she pregnant?" one fan asked, according to Life & Style.

"Don’t [sic] she look pregnant in the face?" queried another.

"That pregnant glow though," one follower commented, while another wrote:

"You look different, maybe because of your pregnancy. Beautiful."

Kylie Jenner Pregnancy Boobs Pic

All fairly ridiculous comments in their own right, but here comes the piece de résistance:

"She can hide her belly but she can't hide her face. This girl is pregnant with twins."

Yes, one fan concluded that Kylie is pregnant with twins based on a single photo of the girl's face.

Sigh. Hey, why not?

We suppose it's about as reliable as most of the information you'll find on social media.

Audrey Roloff Actually Got Trolled for THIS Outfit

Audrey Roloff recently announced that she is taking a break from social media.

And we don't blame her.

Not one bit.

Audrey Roloff at the Doctor's

The Little People, Big World star referenced a re-commitment to God and religion upon telling followers last week that she'd be sharing fewer photos online.

But we bet her decision also had something to do with the grief she receives from trolls on a constant basis.

Take the above example, for instance.

Several days ago, Audrey took her precious daughter, Ember Jean, to the doctor's office for a required two-month checkup.

"Ember’s two month check up! Getting so tall and so strong," Roloff wrote as a simple and encouraging caption last Wednesday.

Good to know, right?

Fans were appreciative of the quick update and had nothing else to say on the topic, right?

Yeah... right. We wish.

Audrey and Ember Photo

Sadly, a handful of critics took issue with the attire Audrey wore to this appointment.

We wish we were kidding.

"Ripped & torn up. What a mess to go to the doctors office!” wrote one troll of Audrey's jeans, while another had this to say:

“Put on a decent pair of pants to wear to a medical professionals office.”

SIGH.

FIRST, ripped jeans are actually considered a fashion forward statement these days. People pay a lot of money for this look.

SECOND, why does any stranger care what Audrey Roloff wears on any occasion?

THIRD, she is at the doctor's office, not a baptism. What are people talking about?!?

Life on Their Farm

Fortunately, we were not the only Internet users to rush to Audrey's defense in light of this unfair and unwarranted criticism.

"I'm a doctor," one individual even wrote. "Trust me when I say we don't care at all about what patients or parents wear to the office."

Another another defender:

"U can't B serious, can U haters?"

We wish we could say this was an isolated incident, too.

But Roloff once got slammed for this Ember ensemble, while a few trolls dared to claim she was placing her child in danger simply because Amber was lying in a bouncer while surrounded by some wet wipes.

We're serious.

Click below to see what we mean:

Thankfully, Audrey has taken the high road.

With a relative newborn at home, she has more important things to worry about than what some losers say via the World Wide Web.

“I posted this pic of Ember and i on my Facebook page . . .” Roloff wrote in reference to the first photo above, adding:

“And this was the top comment LOL.”

Audrey then shared a screen capture of the top comment, which read: “why would you wear those jeans to a doctors appointment?”

We're glad she can laugh out loud about it.

We're less glad that people on the Internet can suck so much.

Brielle Biermann Bares Her Boob; Kim Zolciak Films & Posts Video!

Look, just because Kim Zolciak is suing NeNe Leakes for calling her racist doesn't mean that Kim's too busy to make time for her children. She has six of them.

Kim had her eldest daughter, Brielle, at a young age. Brielle is now an adult, and they have an interesting relationship. 

So interesting, in fact, that she prompted Brielle to flash her bare breast over social media. And, as you'll see in the video below, Brielle totally went for it.

Brielle biermann and kim zolciak twinningBrielle biermann sunglasses

For a little context:

Kim Kardashian's father rose to fame in the '90s during the O.J. Simpson trial. Kim was also basically Paris Hilton's sidekick in the early 2000s.

But how did Kim herself rise to fame?

Well ... it was mostly her infamous sex tape.

There are many who argue that Keeping Up With The Kardashians would have been a footnote in reality television history if Kim hadn't become so well known through her sex tape, which had been recorded years earlier.

Many have said that Kim Zolciak wants to be the next Kris Jenner. As a reality star with six children, she's well on her way.

But is she trying to push Brielle to follow in Kim's footsteps?

Most moms don't push their daughters to flash the camera, let alone broadcast that video to the world.

Brielle biermann bikini belfie

And some fans are saying that Kim Zolciak is "pimping out" Brielle.

This isn't the first time that Kim has been slammed for allegedly sexualizing her daughter

Kim Zolciak offered up Brielle's oral services in a tweet o Chrissy Teigen looking for John Legend tickets.

Was it a joke? Obviously.

Was it in good taste? No.

And Kim Zolciak's parenting in general has been called into question when she kept the dog who had attacked her young son.

(Though that, at least, seems to have been the right choice)

This video, though, is really something else.

Brielle zolciak biermann bikini selfie

In the video (and be warned, there's some language in it ... but again, we're talking about a video that also features a boob), Kim Zolciak is speaking to someone.

It is widely believed that she's talking to Khloe Kardashian, who is pregnant

In the now-deleted Snapchat video, Kim Zolciak speaks about how she'd have disliked having a sister (with context, it may mean that she'd have hated having a pregnant sister while she herself was pregnant; Khloe has two sisters who are expecting).

Then she prompts Brielle to flash her breast to the woman -- who might be Khloe -- saying that Brielle's boobs represent the sort of bust that a pregnant woman can look forward to.

Brielle protests that the woman to whom Kim is speaking has felt her boobs before.

But Kim insists and Brielle flashes her left boob to the camera.

Brielle biermanns butt in a bikini

Maybe the controversial video was posted by accident, maybe it wasn't.

Some believe that Kim Zolciak may have posted and then deleted the video in an effort to obtain fame with it while retaining plausible deniability. She could always pull the "I'm in my 30s! I don't know how Snapchat works!" card.

Regardless, the video ends with some tasteless lines about feeling sorry for men accused of sexual harassment.

It's weird to hear people sympathize with those accused of wrongdoing instead of with people who were victims of mistreatment. Maybe the Zolciak-Biermann household is just in a bubble?

Anyway, here's the video, in all of its glory:

Brielle biermann bares her boob at kim zolciaks insistence

Terry Glenn Dies; Former NFL Star Was 43

Retired NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn has passed away at the age of 43.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver spent time with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys over the course of his 12-year career.

Terry Glenn Photo

Glenn passed away at Parkland Memorial Hospital following a car crash in Dallas early Monday morning.

The news was confirmed moments ago by Fort-Worth Star Telegram columnist Mac Engel, who tweeted:

"Member of Irving FD told me that former #Cowboys #Patriots & #OhioSt WR Terry Glenn was killed in a car wreck in Irving."

After surviving a tumultuous childhood, during which his mother was beaten to death when Glenn was just 13 years old, Glenn earned an athletic scholarship to Ohio State University, where he was named an All-American.

Following three standout seasons with the Buckeyes, Glenn was chosen by the New England Patriots as the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft.

Terry Glenn Image

Though plagued by injuries throughout his career, Glenn turned in multiple 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1999.

Glenn famously caught Tom Brady's first touchdown pass during that same season.

In the later years of his career and after being released by the Cowboys in 2008, Glenn struggled in his personal life, getting arrested five times on charges ranging from public intoxication to assault of the mother of his first son.

He managed to turn things around in his final years, re-entering the football world as offensive coordinator of the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football League in 2015.

Tributes to Glenn from fans, friends, and former teammates have been pouring in on social media:

Terry Glenn Pic

"Incredibly sad to hear about my buddy Terry Glenn. Overcame a ton of adversity to become an excellent person. May your soul rest in peace my friend," tweeted former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

"Awful news on Terry Glenn...most gifted receiver I've ever played with," wrote another former Pats QB, Scott Zolak.

Glenn is survived by his wife and three children.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Terry Glenn during this difficult time.

Tyler Baltierra SLAMMED for Using Racial Slur!

Tyler Baltierra has a lot on his plate lately.

Which, in this instance, is a nice way of saying that his life is kind of a tragic, upsetting mess right now.

Catelynn Lowell Tyler Baltierra selfie

On Friday, his wife, Catelynn Lowell, revealed that she'd be going off to rehab for a while after suffering from some suicidal thoughts.

She said that she spent much of Friday imagining various ways to kill herself before making the decision to get help, and on Saturday morning, Tyler tweeted that he'd dropped her off at a treatment center.

It's obviously been a very emotional time for them -- and for us, too, since they've been sharing so much with us.

"We haven't held each other & just cried like that for a long time," Tyler wrote after leaving Catelynn's rehab. "Even after 12 years, I continue to be AMAZED by her strength, vulnerability, & courage to get help."

He even quoted his own wedding vows, the part where he told her "As long as I am alive, you will never be alone," and he called those words his "call to arms," and said that he "will fight this war with her right by my side."

"We will not surrender to this... I will go to battle EVERY TIME for her!"

Catelynn Lowell with Tyler Baltierra Photo

It's all very touching, right?

It's a shame Tyler went and made himself look a fool immediately afterwards.

See, Catelynn decided to return to the treatment center that helped her out last time, the one out in Arizona. So it was a bit of a journey for Tyler to drop her off.

They apparently left their daughter, Nova, in Michigan, and very understandably so, because Tyler spent Saturday exploring a bit of the city -- we know that because he documented it all on Snapchat.

That night, he ended up seeing some band play at a bar, and he got a little intoxicated.

In the video below, you can see drunk Tyler:

"All I know is that I'm f-cked up as f-ck right now," he says. "You gotta see the crowd, n---a."

Yep. Tyler said the N-word. On Snapchat. While wasted. After dropping his wife off at rehab to deal with suicidal thoughts.

It's bad. Real bad.

The Grace Report, a popular Teen Mom blogger, saw the video and tweeted "Wonder if/when @TylerBaltierra will bring that trifling ass over here to explain."

He did try to explain it by tweeting back that he is "a complete inconsiderate prick who made a mistake while attempting to take a mental break after dealing with everything."

"I deserve any hate you all give me, so lay it on me."

Tyler Baltierra pic

It's nice that he admitted he did something wrong -- he could have easily responded with "other people say that word, why can't I?!", so let's be thankful he's not quite that dumb.

But the fact remains that he used a racial slur, and his wife's mental state doesn't excuse that. At all.

Grace called him out for "playing the victim" in his response, and he said "Oh god no! Absolutely not playing the victim at all or making excuses."

"I was drunk trying to blow off some steam after a very emotional week & I deserve any hate you throw at me, honestly. I own my mistakes."

Grace went after him again for "trying to manipulate the issue & victimize yourself," which is a pretty accurate assessment. He's definitely trying to avoid a huge scandal by making himself seem pitiful.

"I'm definitely not trying to manipulate the issue at all," Tyler insisted. "What I said was wrong, period! And I sincerely apologize for it."

"Like I said before, I am aware & deserve all the backlash/hate/opinions or however you would like to describe it as, that comes my way."

What do you think -- should he be forgiven?

Gabby Douglas Victim-Blames Aly Raisman, Cites "Responsibility" to Dress Modestly

Recently, Aly Raisman revealed that she was sexually abused by her team doctor, starting when she was a young teenager. The world responded with horror, sympathy, and support.

Except for Aly's former teammate, Gabby Douglas.

For whatever reason, she decided to respond by appearing to victim-blame Aly. And that did not go over well.

Aly Raisman Hallway Photo

Aly Raisman joins over 130 women in accusing Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.

Coming forward about sexual assault is never easy, for a whole host of reasons. From society's judgmental attitude to the legal system forcing survivors to relive their trauma to internalized feelings of shame and confusion ... it's tough.

Coming forward as a celebrity, where the spotlight magnifies so many of those deterrents, is even harder.

(Among those accusers is former teammate McKayla Maroney, who also showed extraordinary bravery in sharing her #MeToo story as a celebrity)

Aly Raisman revealed details of her sex abuse, in a story that is tragically familiar, alleging that Dr. Nassar began molesting her when she was just 15.

Larry Nassar, who is currently in jail and awaiting sentencing for some gross but unsurprising child pornography charges, allegedly passed off his molestation as "therapeutic massage."

(It's not uncommon for gymnasts of this caliber to require a number of therapies, including massage, because what they do can be tremendously hard on their bodies)

Dr. Nassar's alleged abuse of these girls went on for years.

Aly Raisman Video Selfie

On Friday, Aly Raisman posted a follow-up, responding to some of the responses that 

"Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse."

Absolutely true. Some victim-blamers try to say that if a survivor of childhood sexual abuse goes on to enjoy sex as an adult or flaunt her body, then she must not have suffered enough as a child. That is wrong and also vile.

(Some of those same people will look to a woman who grows up to be a sex-repulsed shut-in and say that she needs to "get over it," which is not better)

"What is wrong with some of you? AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER."

Women may dress however they like. And literally nothing could give one human being the right to sexually assault or abuse another.

"Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin; in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in."

Note that she's not saying that all woman need to dress sexily. Some women will feel good in a crop top. Others in a turtleneck. Others in a niqab.

"I will not put up with any woman being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it. Are we clear?"

Yes ma'am. Very clear.

"Oh, and one more thing. STOP VICTIM SHAMING. It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear."

Gabby Douglas, Instagram Selfie

Everything that Aly Raisman said was true and also well-said. It's sad that she had to defend herself and others like that.

Gabby Douglas, however, saw things a little differently.

Quoting her former teammate's post, Gabby added her own words:

"However, it is our responsibility as woman to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."

WOW.

Rather than pointing out that there are various photos and videos of Gabby Douglas dressed in manners that, in her universe, might "entice the wrong crowd," let's instead say this:

It is not a woman's responsibility, or anyone's responsibility, to dress modestly. You can fall asleep naked at a party and no one is entitled to touch you.

Also, and this is almost beside the point, but plenty of good people are "enticed" by sexiness. Gabby Douglas appears to believe that men who like modesty aren't sex abusers and that others are.

Again, folks, sexual predation doesn't have a stake in how you dress or what side of the political aisle you sit on. Predators exist in every social circle, and there are those who delight in using their "family values" image to allay suspicion.

Simone Biles, Instagram Selfie

Well, apparently Gabby was known for her questionable views.

Fellow Olympic gymnast Simone Biles shared a screencap of Gabby's truly awful take, and wrote:

"Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her. I support you Aly [hearts emoji] & all the other women out there! STAY STRONG"

That is the correct view. It must be heartbreaking to hear that from someone who rose to fame by your side, with whom you shared such a unique experience.

Gabby responded to the backlash by deleting her original message and tweeting again:

"i didn’t correctly word my reply & i am deeply sorry for coming off like i don’t stand alongside my teammates. regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable. i am WITH you. #metoo"

It's good that she apologizes. We're not sure how her message could be the result of poor phrasing.

However, she's using the #MeToo hashtag, which implies that she's had her own awful experiences. It may be that she's still processing something ... and potentially blames herself.

 
 
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