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Simone Biles Tells ‘DWTS’ Host ‘Smiling Doesn’t Win You Gold,’ Fans Go Wild

”#blackgirlmagic at it finest,“ tweets one viewer

There’s no doubt that Simone Biles is used to criticism. You don’t win four Olympic gold medals without a lot of coaching. But when it comes to smile-shaming, she won’t stand for it.

On Monday night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” the pint-sized gymnast, who is competing on the show, faced a tough set of judges who all had the same problem with her performance: she doesn’t emote enough.

“Your skills are unquestionable,” Carrie Ann Inaba told her. “You hit every line with precision and perfection. But once again, I’m going to come back to performance and authenticity about who you are when you perform. … You have this beautiful smile and you are a megastar with your energy, but once in a while, there’s beauty without a smile. There’s beauty in pain and all of the other emotions, and I’d like to see more of that.”

Judge Julianne Hough agreed, adding, “I don’t know if the smile is authentic because you want to smile, or if it’s just because you rehearsed it that way. … I really just want to see some rawness come out.”

“I’ve lived in a gym 14 years of my life, so it’s hard to show something I’ve never felt before,” Biles offered.

Following her second performance of the night, Inaba noted improvement, but added that Biles should be careful not to dance “like a metronome.”

And that’s when host Tom Bergeron chimed in.

“I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments, you didn’t.”

Biles’s response: “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”

Twitter of course went wild:

Following the outpouring of support in favor of Biles’ clap-back, Bergeron took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, admitting that he “unwittingly added to the smile pile.” Wise move.

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