South Korean gold medalist under fire for hair length by online anti-feminist movement

South Korean gold medalist under fire for hair length by online anti-feminist movement

July 29, 2021

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South Korean archer An San has proudly taken home two gold medals, breaking an Olympic record in the process, but despite her achievements, the 20-year-old athlete has come under fire by a growing anti-feminst movement in her country over the length of her hair. 

An won gold in the women’s individual and mixed team events but instead of receiving praise, she was the target of what New York Times staff editor Kelly Kasulis Cho called an “online anti-feminist movement.” 

Following Thursday’s elimination round, An’s coach told reporters they would not be answering “unnecessary” questions, seemingly referring to the online bigotry, according to Reuters

An also declined to answer questions unrelated to the Games. 

According to a report from Korea JoongAng Daily, An has been criticized in the past for her choice in hair length but in a recent post on her social media, she fired back at some of the internet trolls. 

“While you’re sending messages in your room driven by your inferiority complex, I’m winning two gold medals at the Olympics,” she wrote in her Instagram Stories over a screenshot of the messages she’s been receiving. 

At the same time, An has also received an outpouring of support. 

“With that firm look, please shoot through every prejudice in the world. We stand by your short-cut hair and support you,” Sim Sang-Jung, a lawmaker from a minority Justice Party, said in a tweet, via Reuters. 

An continues to dominate in Tokyo. In addition to two gold medals, she broke a 1996 Olympic record after scoring a 680 in the women’s individual qualifier. 

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