Super Junior‘s Siwon recently opened up in an interview, and talked about the time someone told him that he couldn’t relate to cyberbullying because of the love of his fans.
Siwon sat down for an interview with People magazine, where he talked about being an ambassador for UNICEF, his role models, and more!
In the interview, he also opened up about hate comments, and talked about an incident that occurred in 2018 when he went to Malaysia for a conference that focused on cyberbullying. While at the conference, someone asked him his opinion on what to do about hate comments, while under the impression that as a K-Pop idol, he doesn’t receive any hate.
As a K-pop artist, you receive so much love and support from fans so I suppose you might not relate to our struggles. What would you do if you received such hateful comments online?
Siwon revealed that he was taken aback at first, but then answered by telling his story and battle with online hate, and how he overcame it!
I was a bit taken aback when I first heard this question, but I calmly shared my response and spoke of the time I received over a thousand hate comments online, and how at the time, I was afraid and scared.
However, what I came to realize is that people can talk about me online, but those words have no physical power over me. I told them to not be afraid, and if they’re ever exhausted or having a hard time, to let me know because I’ll be there.
He also shared how, after his answer, people from the conference texted him, thanking him for his courage and for sharing his journey!
After the conference, I was on my way to the airport to go to Brunei. I was checking my social accounts, and although I’m not able to instantly check DMs I get from those who I don’t follow, there were two messages that caught my attention that day. They were from two different individuals, and they messaged me to share that they had considered making some extreme decisions but gained courage and changed their minds after hearing me speak.
Many ambassadors go on field trips to provide help, but I realized that my calling as part of UNICEF could be more for the people online. That was the moment that truly influenced me to use my voice to speak up and protect the young users of the online community that are around the world.
Good on Siwon for sharing his journey so bravely!
Siwon also recently released the song “Riding” with UV! You can watch it here!