Fifth Harmony's Normani Returns to Twitter to Fight Cyberbullying
A month after quitting Twitter in protest of bullying, Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei returned on Tuesday (Sept. 13) to announce she's now working with the anti-cyberbullying charity Cybersmile Foundation. "Unfortunately there is a lot of abuse and negativity online, by working with Cybersmile I want to raise awareness of the support that is available to people affected while playing my part in contributing to a kinder and more positive internet for everybody," Kordei, 20, said in a statement.
Kordei will work as the Diversity Ambassador for the nonprofit that supports people who've been bullied online, focusing on those abused based on their race, religion, gender, among other factors. "No one has the right to make where you go or what you do uncomfortable," she continued in the statement. "It's important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it's even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you! Together we can put an end to the hate and promote only positivity and love."
Scott Freeman, Cybersmile's CEO, said everyone at the international organization is excited to work with the singer and to have "somebody with real life experience of the damage online abuse can do combined with a determination to make a real difference."
Normani quit Twitter last month after years of bullying from internet trolls. "I am taking a break from Twitter for now," she wrote in the lengthy, emotional statement. "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." The singer said she is not one to deny anybody else their opinions, but the previous 48 hours she claimed to not just be cyberbullied, but also "racially bullied," with tweets and pictures that she described as "so horrific and racially charged that I can't subject myself any longer to the hate."
At press time Normani had not posted any other new tweets and a spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for further comment on her plans with the organization. For more information on Cybersmile's efforts, click here.
Read the full statement below: