MMA fighter Angela Lee urged social media customers to “assume twice earlier than you communicate” after the loss of life of a younger wrestler and TV star who was focused by on-line abuse.
Lee, the ONE Championship atomweight title-holder, mentioned she wished she’d been in a position to assist Hana Kimura, who appeared in Japanese actuality present “Terrace Home” on Netflix.
Kimura, 22, died final month in an obvious suicide, prompting calls in Japan for more durable measures in opposition to cyberbullying.
“Continuously being within the public eye will put lots of stress on anybody,” wrote Lee, 23, on Instagram.
“Now add folks’s judgements, criticism, ignorant feedback, hateful feedback… That is sufficient to push anybody over the sting.”
Lee, who’s of Korean and Singaporean descent, warned that harsh phrases can “destroy” lives, and mentioned everybody must be cautious when posting on-line.
“I do not perceive why folks really feel the necessity to unfold negativity and in poor health needs to a different particular person, whom they’ve by no means even met,” she wrote.
“Your phrases can uplift and heal somebody however they will additionally knock down and destroy somebody. Please, assume twice earlier than you communicate. It might save somebody’s life.”
Kimura’s final submit on Instagram was an image of herself and a cat with the message: “I really like you, have a protracted, completely happy life. I am sorry.”
In South Korea, cyberbullying made headlines final 12 months when two feminine Ok-pop stars dedicated suicide after going through on-line assaults.