Cyberbullying (or any form of bullying, for that matter) is never okay, but no one should ever have to be on the receiving end of ugly and nasty racist comments and tweets. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Normani Hamilton is going through. The Fifth Harmony singer took to social media to share that she needs to step away from her Twitter because she's just being overwhelmed with the amount of severe hate coming her way.
The singer shared that though she has become used to general negativity on social media (which is, in and of itself, a huge problem), she has had a hard time dealing specifically with disgusting posts about her skin color.
Normani is not alone in this. Her 5H bandmates came to her defense on their own accounts.
Lauren Jauregui tweeted out an emotional message saying that this kind of harassment will not be tolerated. She shared another account of how anonymous internet trolls' mean words impacts real-life people – like Normani and her family.
Dinah Jane Hansen also took to Twitter to share her thoughts and message of peace.
Do not take your time to hate. Take your time to love. It will always go farther .— ♕DinahJane (@dinahjane97) August 8, 2016
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-— ♕DinahJane (@dinahjane97) August 8, 2016
than lifting them up . It does not make you"cool" . It does not make you "clever". It makes you a damn coward, nothing less.— ♕DinahJane (@dinahjane97) August 8, 2016
Ally Brooke Hernandez wrote a long message on Twitter that says she's so proud to see that there's more positive reactions with people coming out to support Normani than negative ones.
Camila Cabello shared her thoughts very definitively.
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— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) August 6, 2016
Zendaya, a good friend of Normani's, shared her own message of support when she heard what was happening.
Stay strong baby girl, so much love for you😘👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/N59jCEFSyW— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 7, 2016
Though we'll miss Normani from Twitter, we understand how important it is to take some time away from the online world to regroup and remind yourself that the haters' words simply aren't true. Hopefully Normani and her friends' messages will inspire their fans to spread messages of love and positivity instead – and stand up to combat instances of bullying when it happens.
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