The rest of the group stood up for her on social media
Last month, Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones logged out of Twitter after a relentless barrage of racially-motivated insults directed at her. Now, Normani Kordei of Fifth Harmony is experiencing the same abuse, and following Jones’ example of taking some time away from social media.
On Saturday, the singer posted a note to her account saying that she will be taking a break from Twitter after receiving racially charged tweets and photographs, writing “I can’t subject myself any longer to hate.”
“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 cyber bullied with tweets and pictures so horrific and racially charged that I can’t subject myself any longer to hate,” Kordei wrote. “I’m not the first black female celebrity to deal with this and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”
Following Kordei’s announcement, her fellow Fifth Harmony members posted notes or tweets of their own in support of Kordei, calling for love instead of hate.
“Love is the loudest,” Lauren Jauregui wrote, before posting a longer note that said, “Normani is like a sister to me and when I see her mother crying because of things people were saying about her daughter and I found out what exactly it was that was disturbing her.. I was appalled.” She continued, “Racism is something that not one of us tolerate.”
Camila Cabello chimed in too and tweeted, “[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.”
AllyBrooke Hernandez wrote, “I am very sad to see my sister and her family hurt. To live in a world where so much darkness can occur. For racial slurs to even be a thing, to have seen what I saw… is incredibly devastating.”
Dinah-Jane Hansen shared, “Over the past 48 hours I have heard and seen too much over an issue that is so small, but yet has become so big. With all the pain in the world right now, it shocks me each and everyday that people still devote their time to bringing others down other than lifting them up . It does not make you ‘cool.’ It does not make you ‘clever’. It makes you a damn coward, nothing less.”