I AGREE ABOUT SKINNER!!! and the other "problematic" gymnastics, I'll call them out when they do crappy stuff but that doesn't mean I'll hate them and their gymnastics forever. I don't like Myk's tweets and her form isn't perfect but I can still admire her. I hated Carlotta's racist remarks but I still enjoy watching her, I don't like that Ashton supports Trump but I love her bars and I didn't like how Cata acted after Rio but I love her determination and beam. They aren't mutually exclusive.
Yeah, exactly how I feel. People conveniently brush aside and ignore ‘problematic’ things with their own faves (and even make excuses for it lol) but then like, actively seek out problematic things for the gymnasts they already hate. It’s adorable and hilarious. When I knew something shady about a gymnast everyone loved, I said I’m not even going to say anything because people will literally be like “I DON’T BELIEVE YOU!!!!!” and then when I DID say something after this gymnast did something similarly shady, some stans were like “I DON’T BELIEVE YOU!!!!” lmao. As if I didn’t see that coming. People see what they wanna see and are blind to the faults of people they stan for while magnifying faults of people they already hate. I obviously have my faves for various reasons but I try to remain neutral for the most part so I can watch a competition for what it is – gymnastics – and not with some ulterior motive in mind. I don’t think everyone has to love MyKayla or others for the reasons I do, but like, if you’re so biased against her for your own reasons that you can’t recognize how badass it is that she has the most difficult AA program in all of NCAA and is 28 for 28 with routines this season, you clearly have issues. Like there’s no gymnast I really dislike, but I had problems with Vika’s attitude in the 2009-2012 quad that made me enjoy her less as a gymnast, but still even I recognized how phenomenal she was and especially how incredible it was to watch her get an incredibly high level back on bars to win a world gold after being away from the sport for nearly three years with multiple injuries.