Many women don't like being told to smile, and might appreciate Simone Biles' response in the face of such an expectation. When the judges started offering their critiques of the gymnast's performance Monday night on Dancing With the Stars, host Tom Bergeron interjected to note, "I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments—you didn't." At that point Biles did smile, but she did so while replying, "Smiling doesn't win you gold medals." Mashable calls the response "perfect," while USA Today notes that the phrase should be put on a T-shirt.
Twitter users loved it, too, and the backlash to Bergeron's comment ultimately elicited a response from him: "Loved @Simone_Biles crisp response to my clumsy question. Curious how she felt about judges comments, I unwittingly added to the smile pile," he wrote, adding that he should have simply asked for her reaction to the judges' comments. As AOL explains, Biles has been a fan favorite this season, but has struggled to connect with the judges. She has DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy in her corner; he told ETOnline of her comment, "She kept it real, you know, and sometimes the truth hurts. Smiles don't get you gold medals and I agree with her as an athlete and I side with her."