Gabby Douglas wins gold; Costas talks race; squirrels & monkey get buzz!/JasonColthorp/status/231239241500352512

The #NBCFail hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

As Americans of all races, colors, and creeds buzzed with excitement about gold medal-winning U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas’s amazing poise, artistry, and athleticism in the all-around competition on Thursday night, veteran NBC sports anchor Bob Costas rambled on about the 16-year-old athlete’s … race. She’s the fourth American woman and the first African-American gymnast to capture the title.

Some social media observers had choice words for Costas and his clumsy injection of social and political commentary:

And Bob Costas, I think ALL girls can and will be inspired by Gabby Douglas' victory- not just the black girls.

— Darius de Haas (@ImDariusdeHaas) August 3, 2012


— Braves Diva (@BravesDiva) August 3, 2012

Thank you, Bob Costas, for celebrating how much of a "non-issue" it is that Gabby Douglas is black by making it an issue.

— Stephen Falk (@stephenfalk) August 3, 2012

Thanks, Bob Costas, for backing into that "Gabby Douglas is the first black all-around winner" statistic as awkwardly as humanly possible.

— Anna Banana (@BananaEsq) August 3, 2012

Bob Costas you did NOT just go there. I'm not even black and I idolize Gabby Douglas.

— Caroline (@0ReillyAutopart) August 3, 2012

NBC's Bob Costas says, "Little white girls, get your own Olympian to admire. Gabby Douglas is JUST for the little black girls."

— LeftyBollocks (@LeftyBollocks) August 3, 2012

Really Bob Costas? Gabby Douglas' win will ONLY motivate "African American girls?" Really? I think she'll motivate girls, period. Pags

— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) August 3, 2012

@JoeTalkShow I thought the same thing. I got what he meant but it was like, "Okay, you're trying too hard…"

— Cocoa Popps (@CocoaPopps) August 3, 2012

@CocoaPopps Yup – and in doing so, he actually eliminated so many others from being inspired as well. It only serves to separate not unite.

— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) August 3, 2012

And … let’s pile on more #NBCFail. Whose brilliant idea was it to run an ad featuring a monkey gymnast right after the Douglas triumph?

NBC ran a promo for one of their shows featuring a monkey doing gymnastics, right after they interviewed Gabby Douglas. #NBCfail

— Lisiate Wolfgramm (@mrwolfgramm) August 3, 2012

Worst. Segue. Ever. NBC goes from Costas talking about Gabby Douglas straight to a monkey doing gymnastics…

— Petr Salvesen (@reclinergm) August 3, 2012

Like Costas, some viewers did get a bit carried away with racial hypersensitivity. When Costas referred to Douglas using her well-publicized childhood nickname — the “Flying Squirrel” — many uninformed Twitter users went ballistic:

Speaking of inane: "gabby Douglas is the flying squirrel" really, bob costas?!? #olympics

— Andrea D. Krausse (@AndyDawnK) August 3, 2012

Watching the Olympics and Bob Costas called Gabby Douglas a flying squirrel.THAT'S JUST WRONG!!!! SMH

— Aamari Adause (@A1Adause) August 3, 2012

Smh RT @efinit: Yep, Bob Costas just referred to Gabby Douglas as a flying squirrel.

— King Jaffe Cola (@ColitoGigante) August 3, 2012

Bob Costas just referred to Gabby Douglas as the “Flying Squirrel”. Not sure what to make of that.

— David Lovekamp (@D_Love) August 3, 2012

It's really her nickname. RT @godsAMAZINgrace Bob Costas is a fucking white PIG for calling Gabby Douglas a "Flying Squirrel".

— Nnenna (@Live_Beautiful) August 3, 2012

Color us unsurprised by Costas’s sanctimony or by some of the P.C. silliness that greeted Douglas’s victory.

We prefer this viewer’s take:

Gabby Douglas makes me really proud to be a vertically-challenged American.

— D'Arcy Maine (@darcymaine_espn) August 2, 2012

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