The short haircut of South Korean archer An San, winner of two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympic Games, attracted an anti-feminist feeling in her country. The virtual offenses, calling her hairstyle “feminist,” come against a backdrop of growing anti-feminist sentiment among young South Koreans.
The 20-year-old archer won South Korea’s first gold medal on Saturday and then another gold medal in the team competition.
After her victory in the knockout round in the women’s singles on Thursday, her coach stopped reporters from asking “unnecessary” questions, apparently already aware of the controversy.
An herself said she would only answer questions related to the Games, even before a reporter finished a question about online hostility.
The growing animosity towards feminism and public policies to promote women’s rights has become a hot topic in South Korea.
Some South Korean politicians and celebrities have posted messages and photos with short hair in support of the athlete.
“With that steady gaze, please shoot against all the prejudices in the world. We support your haircut and we support you,” Justice Party minority MP Sim Sang-jung said in a tweet.