In a recent interview with The New York Times, Chloe Kim revealed that a top snowboarder accidentally sent her a message on Instagram calling her a “cocky a** b*tch.”
After Kim won a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, she received a message from a fellow snowboarder on Instagram.
“Cocky a** b*tch,” the message read.
In her interview with The New York Times, Kim said that she received lots of support when she competed as a young kid. After she won a medal, it felt like everyone was “dumping” on her.
Kim said the message was sent by accident, and she was not the intended recipient. It still had an impact on her.
“I just felt like everyone is out to get me or something,” Kim told The New York Times. “So I was like, OK, if I’m going to be the villain in the story, then I don’t know if I want to do it. It’s just not fun.”
This is not the first Kim has spoken about her relationship with social media. In April, while speaking about anti-Asian hate, she was candid about the amount of racist abuse she’s received.
“People belittled my accomplishment because I was Asian,” Kim told ESPN. “There were messages in my DMs telling me to go back to China and to stop taking medals away from the white American girls on the team. I was so proud of my accomplishment, but instead I was sobbing in bed next to my mom, asking her, ‘Why are people being so mean because I’m Asian?'”
Kim also said in the interview with ESPN that she had deleted Instagram from her phone and turned off notifications on social media.
“I used to love responding to my fans, but I don’t look at my messages much anymore,” she said. “Even if you get thousands of supportive messages, the hateful one will hit you the most.”
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