This Is What Happens When You Ask Simone Biles To Smile
For all of the smiling Simone Biles does, you know she’s not happy when a grin is nowhere to be found. And while most of us understand that not every moment is a smile-worthy one, some men still don’t get it. If you’re being complimented, if you’re being spoken to, hell, if you’re being seen, some are of the mindset that it wouldn’t kill a woman to crack a smile.
As Biles listened to the critiques of the judges on Monday’s Dancing With the Stars, part of week eight of competition, she was clearly tired — physically and mentally. So when host Tom Bergeron said he was shocked that she didn’t smile when she was occasionally complimented by one of the judges, she had to politely get him together.
Quick backstory though. Biles performed twice on Monday doing the foxtrot with her partner Sasha Farber, and the paso trio with Farber and dancer Brittany Cherry.
One of the big criticisms of Biles following both dances was a lack of authenticity. They felt like she smiled too much during the foxtrot, but then felt like she was trying too hard not to smile while doing the paso trio. From the outside looking in, despite giving some great performances, it felt like she couldn’t do enough to get a break from the judges, let alone a 10. So by the second critique of the night, which basically came off like, “If you’re still here, try again next week, hon,” Biles was over it. She had the right to be. However, host Bergeron was hoping she would crack a smile:
Bergeron: I gotta quickly ask. I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments. You didn’t.
As he said this, Biles put on a faux smile. To this, judge Carrie Ann said, “She’s being real!”
Biles: Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.
While a few clueless folks claimed that Biles needed to “drop the attitude,” most agreed that if they were in her shoes, they would have probably said a lot worse to Bergeron.
For the record though, Biles explained her comment to Entertainment Tonight.
“I feel like everyone has their own opinion, clearly, and I feel it’s just how you take it,” Biles said. “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.”
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