The unforgettable performance of gymnast Suni Lee a few months ago at the Tokyo Olympics, where she made history by becoming the first Hmong American to win gold in the all-around competition, seems a long time ago. Now, the athlete confessed that she has received “so much hate” for her relationship with USC football player Jaylin Smith.
Last December, the competitor made public her relationship with Smith through distribution on Instagram with photographs in which she seems embracing her sweetheart, despite the fact that she has debilitated the remarks, which was a message that a TikTok client comprehended.
The TikToker decided to show his support for Lee and Smith’s relationship through his own post on the gymnast’s photo.
“I know that Sunisa will be judged by certain eyes in the Hmong Community because her man is Black. LOVE is LOVE, no matter what race or gender you are. Keep doing you QUEEN,” wrote user alixphom.
Apparently, this post did not go unnoticed by Lee, who commented on the clip thanking her for the support and confessed that she has, in fact, received “so much hate” from her own community.
“This makes me so happy. I’ve received so much hate. They support me when it’s beneficial for them, never when it comes to my happiness. Thank you,” Lee wrote.
Lee was pepper-sprayed in a racist attack
Thanks to her athletic accomplishments, the Auburn University freshman has become a standard-bearer for the Hmong community seeking to break down barriers.
However, last year Lee, the daughter of parents who migrated from Laos to Minnesota, confessed that she was the victim of a racist attack when she was waiting for an Uber with a group of friends, of Asian descent.
Suddenly, a car passed by them at high speed, shouting phrases like “ching chong” and “go back to where they came from“, and a person pepper-sprayed the athlete’s arm.
“I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off. I didn’t do anything to them and having the reputation, it was so hard because I didn’t want to do anything that could get me into trouble. I just let it happen,” Lee told PopSugar.