Leslie Jones isn’t the only one who has fallen victim to social media’s cyber bullies.
On Saturday (August 6), Fifth Harmony‘s Normani Kordei announced that she’ll be stepping away from Twitter after receiving “horrific” messages from racist trolls.
“Over the past four years of being in the public eye I’ve learned to grow a thick skin to critics and those who may not like me,” she said in a Twitter statement. “I’ve never been one to deny anyone of their opinions, but over the course of this last week and especially over the last 48 hours I’ve not just been cyber bullied, I’ve been racially cyberbullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to the hate.”
She continued, “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last. I want to take this moment to say Love goes much further than hate in this world. Hiding behind a computer and putting people down, especially for the color of their skin doesn’t make you cool, it makes you a coward!”
She ended her statement by expressing her love and gratitude for her fans.
“I have nothing but love for everyone, even my haters and I hope I can lead by example,” she said. “I also want to thank Twitter for immediately jumping into action when they were alerted to the situation. I love you all!”
Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello came to her fellow group member’s defense, stating: “i stand by the words “love only”, meaning I won’t tolerate on my timeline any kind of hate, racism, or discrimination towards ANYONE. period.”
She continued, “You don’t have to hate on somebody else to support me- I don’t appreciate it and it’s not what I’m about.. Be kind or move on.”
SOURCE: US Weekly, Twitter | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty