Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei Takes Twitter Hiatus After Being 'Racially Cyberbullied'
By Jackie Willis
Normani Kordei is taking a break from social media after falling victim to racist Internet trolls.
The Fifth Harmony member announced on Saturday that she would be keeping away from the social media site, but not before speaking out against the cyberbullying she was facing. "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," Kordei wrote. "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 added: "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!"
Kordei attempted to stay positive despite the negative messages. "I have nothing but love for everyone, even my haters and I hope I can lead by example," she concluded. "I also want to thank Twitter for immediately jumping into action when they were alerted to the situation. I love you all!"
A few days prior to deleting her Twitter handle, the 21-year-old singer responded to Fifth Harmony fans accusing her of hating on Camila Cabello when she was asked to describe her bandmate. In a delayed response, Kordei responded, "She is...let's see. Camila. Very quirky. Yeah, very quirky. Cute."
"I would like to address an issue that has been completely blown out of proportion," she tweeted on Friday. "It is a shame that after four years together as a group I have to address foolishness manufactured by those that have absolutely no idea what goes on. I have shown nothing but commitment for the success of Fifth Harmony even promoting on my days off but yet I always find myself as the target of unjust hate and slander. It's just not right."
After Kordei's recent interaction with cyberbullies, Bello also spoke out. "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 wrote. "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."