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Erin Molan insists she has built up a ‘strong resilience’ to online trolls amid BTS backlash

‘It’s a reflection on them, not me’: Erin Molan insists she has built up a ‘strong resilience’ to online trolls… as she breaks silence on backlash over 20 to One segment ‘mocking’ K-pop’s BTS

Erin Molan insists she has built up a ‘strong resilience’ when it comes to online trolls. 

In a new interview with New Idea, the TV presenter broke her silence on the backlash she faced after appearing to mock K-pop boyband BTS on 20 to One back in June. 

Outraged K-pop targeted Erin and claimed she should be ‘ashamed of herself’, but she says she’s learned to take any negativity directed at her with a pinch of salt. 

Having her say: Erin Molan insists she has built up a 'strong resilience' when it comes to online trolls, speaking out for the first time since facing backlash for mocking K-pop boyband BTS

Having her say: Erin Molan insists she has built up a ‘strong resilience’ when it comes to online trolls, speaking out for the first time since facing backlash for mocking K-pop boyband BTS

‘I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter who you are, what you say or what you do. If you’re in the public eye, people will write nasty comments about you,’ Erin, 36, said. 

‘Mother Teresa could do something and in this day and age people would write nasty comments online about it,’ she claimed to the publication. 

Erin said that she’s now become ‘very well versed’ in dealing with online abuse and admits comments from trolls no longer ‘hurt’ her as much as they used to. 

'That is a reflection on them': The TV presenter said she's become 'very well versed' in dealing with online abuse and that comments from trolls no longer 'hurt' her as much as they used to

‘That is a reflection on them’: The TV presenter said she’s become ‘very well versed’ in dealing with online abuse and that comments from trolls no longer ‘hurt’ her as much as they used to

Brushing it off: Taking negativity on social media with a pinch of salt, Erin joked to New Idea: 'Mother Teresa could do something and people would write nasty comments online about it'

Brushing it off: Taking negativity on social media with a pinch of salt, Erin joked to New Idea: ‘Mother Teresa could do something and people would write nasty comments online about it’

While she says she’ll never understand why someone would want to be abusive towards another person online, she did add: ‘That is a reflection on them, not me.’

Her comments come after Erin suffered a barrage of negativity on social media, following the segment that aired on boyband BTS last month. 

BTS have gone viral in recent years and their huge following jumped to their defence when 20 to One appeared to mock the boys on air. 

Harsh? On the show, Erin had introduced BTS as 'the biggest band you've never heard of' before an awkward reference to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was made

Harsh? On the show, Erin had introduced BTS as ‘the biggest band you’ve never heard of’ before an awkward reference to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was made

On the show, Erin had introduced BTS as ‘the biggest band you’ve never heard of’ before an awkward reference to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was made.  

Jibes were then made by celebrity guests, with British comedian Jimmy Carr joking: ‘When I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried.’

Erin then expressed surprise at the group’s chart-topping success in America, because ‘only one band member actually speaks English’. 

Tongue-in-cheek: Jibes were also made by celebrity guests, with British comedian Jimmy Carr joking: 'When I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried'

Tongue-in-cheek: Jibes were also made by celebrity guests, with British comedian Jimmy Carr joking: ‘When I first heard something Korean had exploded in America, I got worried’

Fans were left outraged by the remarks made on the show and accused Channel 9 of being ‘racist’, as they took to Twitter in droves to express their distaste.

Some targeted Erin directly and urged her to apologise to BTS, but she appeared to shrug off the backlash – instead liking a tweet suggesting fans find ‘better things to worry about’. 

Channel 9, however, issued a statement to SBS PopAsia after the segment had aired and apologised for causing any offence.    

It read: ‘As a light-hearted entertainment program, it is our belief that last night’s episode of 20 to One, which highlighted the Greatest Global Crazes, did not breach any broadcast regulations, and was intended to humorously highlight the popularity of the group.’

Taking a stand: K-pop Fans urged Erin to apologise to BTS, but she appeared to shrug off the backlash - instead liking a tweet suggesting fans find 'better things to worry about'

Taking a stand: K-pop Fans urged Erin to apologise to BTS, but she appeared to shrug off the backlash – instead liking a tweet suggesting fans find ‘better things to worry about’

Daily Mail UK

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