Despite being one of the most sought after gymnasts in the world, Simone Biles recently had to remind the world that smiling does not, in fact, win gold medals. Let's give a little context to this, shall we?
The 20-year-old Olympian is currently competing on Dancing With The Stars, and was given the harsh reminder that no matter how much of a champion you are, the world will always remind you to 'smile'.
We all know that the whole premise of the show is based upon professional judges giving sensationalised feedback, which we all know isn't always going to be positive. Simone listened to the judges, but continued not to smile. But, that begs the question- when does society ever expect men to put on a smile, whether it be on television or in their day-to-day lives?
Following her Paso Doble performance, judge Carrie Ann Inaba gave some rather mixed reviews, encouraging her to stop dancing "like a metronome." However, it all started when host Tom Bergeron chimed in with the following comment: "I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments - you didn't."
Simone immediately replied with, "Smiling doesn't win you gold medals."
The internet responded exactly the way you’d expect. They loved it.
But, this applies to our everyday lives too. Who else has been told to 'smile' by their family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers? So, naturally, we're cheering that someone has shut that statement down.
Host Tom Bergeron also took to Twitter to comment on his remarks, realising his mistake.
Hopefully this serves as a reminder to the world to ask women better questions than "why didn't you smile?"