Saturday evening, Normani Kordei’s name was trending on twitter. Not because she’s one of the most stunning and incredibly talented members of the pop girl group Fifth Harmony, but because of racist bullying.
The 19-year-old singer was the target of many Fifth Harmony fans of the member, Camila. In an interview, Kordei was asked about how she felt about her fellow group members. At one point, she paused before describing Camila but was perceived as “struggling” to find a nice thing to say about her.
Kordei addressed rumors of a feud between the two in a post on Twitter:
“I have love and respect for all four of my bandmates whether you choose to believe it or not. My conscience and spirit are clear. For those of you that enjoy speculating and creating drama that doesn’t exist, please keep in mind that myself and the other girls in the group are PEOPLE, we feel hurt and sadness just like everyone else.”
However, the response wasn’t enough, as ruthless racial attacks against Kordei espoused. Black women are often scrutinized and racially taunted while under the spotlight. The attacks launched against Kordei were no different and downright grotesque.
One fan went so far to photoshop Normani’s head being lynched over a slave’s body.
In a post, shared on twitter Kordei, expressed her decision to leave the platform.
So far celebs like Zendaya and Keke Palmer have showed their support for Normani, but the bulk of her fellow Fifth Harmony members remained silent…
Fans even began to demand the other members of the group to publicly speak out in support of Normani with little to no avail.
Shortly after, #IStandWithNormani and #WeLoveNormani began trending in support of the pop singer.
Twitter users even addressed how little effort was put into acknowledging the issue at all by the group’s official band account
We’re here for and stand with Normani Kordei. We’re just waiting for this amazing superstar to go solo!