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Crystal Kung-Minkoff Is 'More Prepared' For Online Hate Messages

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By Taylor Hodgkins on May 24, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT

Life for any of the 'Housewives' starring in any show from Bravo's ultra-successful franchise tends to involve weathering media storms of various degrees and opening herself up to mounds of criticism.

For the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills's Crystal Kung-Minkoff, her introduction into the 'Housewives' world, and its often ferocious online fanbase, was marked by an onslaught of racist comments.

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Minkoff Discusses 'Block'ing Out The Haters

The online chatter had become impossible for Minkoff to ignore last year to the point where she deactivated her Twitter.

"I didn't really anticipate the severity of [the online hate], she said to Entertainment Tonight at the time,

"I joined Twitter when it started and didn't use it, and I just found it to be another space for people to send threating messages and stuff... It was really hard and I didn't want to see my kids [affected by that]. You know, my kids are so young, and, yeah, it's been challenging." [via CinemaBlend]

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How Will Minkoff Continue To Block Out The Noise?

Since 'RHOBH's twelfth season premiere earlier this month, Minkoff has been actively bracing herself for the possible return of online trolls.

However, since she has had a season-worth of online noise behind her, Minkoff feels like she is better prepared to move forward this time around.

She recently shared her candid experience of navigating through the myriad of racially-charged social media comments with People.

Minkoff was frank with the outlet when she shared, "I didn't realize that many people out there have never seen an Asian person on TV, integrated, mixed marriage, mixed kids."

But, thankfully, she did share there had been a reduction in the amount of hateful rhetoric directed toward her and her family- she is married to director Rob Minkoff.

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"It's gotten better, but our season just started, so I noticed a little bit more, but I am more prepared to handle it," she continued.

Despite being a frequent target for online harassment, Minkoff is keeping the many positive messages she has received from viewers pertaining to her presence amongst a very-white cast.

"I came on the show for representation," she continued via CinemaBlend, "and I know how important it is. [When] I deleted [Twitter], I was like, 'Can I continue?', and then I get messages like, 'Please don't leave. You're the only person who looks like me on television.''

The positivity of her influence within the 'Housewives' franchise definitely outweighs the negative aspects for Minkoff.

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"And so those moments inspire me to keep going, and realize that, yeah, how valuable it is to have more AAPI representation on television."

Being able to be a face for AAPI representation within reality TV is a key ingredient fueling Minkoff's decision to remain on the show.

"Look, [online harassment] is going to be there," she went on to say in her recent interview with People, "But my job in my heart is to express our culture positively."

'RHOBH' fans will soon get to find out what Minkoff means when she told People she plans to "really lean in" into sharing more glimpses into her heritage on the show's latest season!

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" airs on Wednesdays at 8/7 Central.

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