Simone Biles sure does know how to clap back.
Following the Olympian’s performance on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night, the judges had a few things to say about the star’s facial expressions. Biles, however, had one hell of a comeback.
First, Julianne Hough commented, “I don’t know if the smile is authentic. I want to see rawness come out.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba then said, “You let out your signature smile after you did your trick, which was great… [but] I felt you uncertain a little bit. Be careful. Sometimes you dance like a metronome, you’re so on the beat. I want to see if you can play a little bit, holding and extending.”
While being criticized, the Columbus native kept a stoic look on her face, but lost her control once host Tom Bergeron said, “I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments but you didn’t.”
That’s when that athlete fired back, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”
Following the show, Simone addressed the now-viral comment and revealed to Entertainment Tonight, “I feel like everyone has their own opinion, clearly, and I feel it’s just how you take it. I feel like I am trying, I am being honest, but if they don’t see that, I don’t know what more I can do.”
Simone then admitted that while being criticized by the judges, she almost started crying. “I had tears in my eyes,” she told ET’s Nischelle Turner. “I almost ran to the bathroom at one point, but I pulled it together.”
Following the onstage controversy, fans took to Twitter to not only praise the gymnast for speaking up, but to slam the judges for being so harsh.
— Meleah Bowles (@MeleahBowles) May 9, 2017