Who is Harisu? Korean transgender woman singer slams online trolls in style: 'Are you that lonely?'
Harisu has shared a few words for those trolling her Instagram account with hate speech.
The Korean transgender woman singer took to her social media on March 7 to post a screenshot of several harmful comments with her own response. In the screenshot, the comments included calling her a "disgusting human being," a "pathetic human," "so fucking ugly" and the manic "die bitch die," among others.
In her response via the caption for the screenshot, Harisu seemingly appears unshaken by the comments and directs such commenters away from her social media if they are so bothered by her preferred gender. According to a translation shared by Allkpop, "You're so funny.. I don't get any damage from something like this," the singer noted in the beginning of her message, adding, "I've only been called pretty until now and I'll age accordingly, but even when I'm older I'll be more beautiful than you."
She continued, "Even though you're worried about me, I'm legally a woman so there's nothing to be gained from telling me I'm not a woman. No matter where I go, my passport and my rights tell me I'm a woman! I'm not shaken by a few words like this so get lost. If you don't like me, just don't come to my Instagram." In conclusion, she asked, "Why are you bothering? Are you that lonely? Do you like me that much?"
Who is Harisu?
For those who need an introduction, Lee Kyung-eun (better known by her stage name of Harisu) is a pop singer, model, and actress. Harisu identified as a female in her early childhood and had transition in the '90s. She has been noted as Korea's first transgender woman entertainer and became the nation's second person to legally change their gender in 2002.
Harisu gained public attention when she appeared in a television ad for DoDo cosmetics. The commercial was hailed as a success and helped her break into her career in other fields such as music and acting. Harisu's music has grown in popularity since then and she has five Korean albums in her discography. Her music has been recognized as a mix of techno and R&B while her overseas projects have featured songs in Mandarin.
Also in 2001, Harisu landed her first major acting role with the film 'Yellow Hair 2'. Since then, she has been credited in projects such as the Taiwanese drama series 'Hi! Honey' and 'Colour Blossoms', an erotic drama by Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan.