Ronda Rousey said she was planning to drop out of the limelight for a while after her fight with Holly Holm, and she has for the most part. Aside from a few appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and the SI Swimsuit cover girl thing, we’re no longer getting daily interviews and bombastic quotes from the former UFC champ. The Rousey flood has turned into a trickle, and that’s how Ronda Rousey likes it.
“To be honest, I’ve been trying to disappear as much as possible,” Rousey said. “I don’t look at articles. I don’t look at tags. I don’t look at comments. People on the Internet are mostly evil, and I don’t want to accept any of that negativity. I just use social media to put information out there, but I really don’t use it to receive it because people are really cruel with that access.
“I don’t want to allow them that access to me anymore because they really take it for granted, and they don’t look at you like a person. You’re an event to them. I don’t want want to read people saying all the worst things they can imagine about me every single day. I just put what I have to put out there out there, and I don’t look at anything else.”
“I’m being purposely mysterious right now because I think people have taken my availability for granted,” Rousey said. “I’m kind of just wanting to disappear. Everyone is constantly keeping me under a microscope, and I just kind of want to be left alone right now.”
Now, don’t take Ronda’s comments personally. She can’t be talking about us, right? You don’t send tweets like “@RondaRousey you absolutely suck!” do you? But think for a second how many do. Statistically, a celebrity of her size is gonna eat a lot of sh*t on Twitter. Multiply that by her cocky statements, square it because she’s a woman, and you’ve got a tsunami of hate that probably hits the Rousey coast all day, every day.
I shudder any time I even glance at YouTube comments. So, I can’t even begin to imagine life on social media when that kind of interaction is directed at you like a fire hose. After a couple of years of this, I’m surprised Ronda only called people on the Internet evil. There are certainly stronger words she could throw around.