Rhea Ripley Talks Cyber Bullying And Hana Kimura’s Death
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We recently reported on NXT Superstar Rhea Ripley talking with Metro in the UK about the possibility of an all-women WWE show along another Evolution PPV. During the interview, Rhea also went into detail about cyber bullying and her experiences with the issue.
Rhea said, “I feel like everyone that is in this profession deals with bullying in social media and it’s sad. It’s a lot of people thinking we don’t see it, because we get a lot of things on social media, but at the end of the day, we see these things. We see through the cracks and it’s not nice stuff. I get stuff every single day whether that be comments on my Instagram photos, or tweets about a tweet that I put out. Just tweets that they make in general to just pick on me, make me feel bad about myself, belittle me or anything. It’s not good.”
In fact, Rhea shared an interesting post on Twitter recently pointing out some fans that mocked her for looking like a man. Her real life boyfriend Action Jackson came to her defense in the photos seen below.
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) June 7, 2020
Rhea continued in her interview by saying, “Society these days, it needs to change. It’s sad that these things still happen in this day and age. At the end of the day, people just need to realize that we are people too. We have feelings, we have our own lives. We’re not the characters that we portray online, and even if we are, we’re a 10-time version of ourselves. That’s still not us. Most of the things we do, we wouldn’t do in person.”
Like many other superstars do, Rhea wants fans to know that these characters are not real-life opinions or reflections of personality. “So, if you have a problem with our character, that’s all good and fine, but you don’t have a problem with us. So why belittle us and make us feel this low about ourselves? It really is a shame what happened [to Hana], it should have never happened. It really should have never happened. It’s really very sad. I’m not a person that cries but I shed a tear. I’d never met her, I didn’t know who she was, but I shed a tear because it’s sad. I just wish that people were kinder.”
Rhea is just one small piece of a long list of superstars including Rusev, Lana, Alexa Bliss, and Natalya that have spoken about being victims to cyber bullying by wrestling fans.