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In the last several months, the U.S. has witnessed numerous racially-charged acts of violence towards Asian-Americans. Just this Tuesday, 8 people were killed, 6 of them being Asian women, after a white gunman shot into 3 massage parlors near Atlanta, Georgia. The tragedy sparked outrage across the nation and the world, and prompted the social media campaign #StopAsianHate. Among those who are sharing their thoughts on the Internet are Hollywood’s A-listers. Here are how celebrities are reacting to #StopAsianHate.
Actress Arden Cho took to Twitter, expressing her anger over Captain Jay Baker’s choice of words as he stated that the shooter had a “bad day.” This rhetoric is one that has historically been used for white mass-murderers, such as this shooter Robert Aaron Long, in place of what they actually should be called: domestic terrorists.
Surviving witness heard the killer shout “I’m going to kill all the Asians” shoots 8 people, 6 out of 8 are Asian. Cop says it’s not a hate crime, it’s him just having a bad day. Oh ok.. NO. It’s because you’re a racist also Jay Baker https://t.co/QdO3i2QLFU
Munn has shared numerous posts to her Instagram, expressing her disgust and sharing information/ resources. One graphic she reposted alerts us of 3 ways to support Georgia’s AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Community. We urge you to scroll through the post to learn how you can help.
The “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” actress posted a series of tweets sharing how devastated she is over the news. In one of her tweets, she revealed that her boyfriend was afraid for her to go to the nail salon yesterday afternoon.
Anthony told me last night he is afraid for me to go to the nail salon… This is not a world we should live in 💔
“We do not need images of the terrorist that did this. He does not deserve the attention he clearly was seeking.
We need to remember the lives stolen and what their families are going through. Remember THEM.
Like many others, actress Jaime Chung posted numerous tweets about the tragedy. In one tweet, she specifically calls for the media to “do better” and “call it what it is, domestic terrorism hate crimes against asians.” Chung is referencing those media outlets that are calling the event a “shooting” instead of domestic terrorism and a hate crime.
a scapegoat for a global pandemic. Historically Asian immigrants have been the scapegoat for others misfortunes. This ends now. It starts by calling it what it is. MEDIA YOU NEED TO DO BETTER, CALL IT WHAT IT IS, DOMESTIC TERRORISM HATE CRIMES AGAINST ASIANS. #stopasianhate
In a series of tweets, actor Jimmy Wong highlights the pattern of scapegoating in America. Just as Asians are being attacked for the coronavirus, Sikhs were targeted after 9/11. He writes, “When the uneducated and uninformed need a target for their misplaced anger, they will find it without fail.”
After 9/11, Sikhs were targeted and murdered because of their skin color and garb.
After COVID-19, Asians are murdered and targeted because of their skin color and look.
When the uneducated and uninformed need a target for their misplaced anger, they will find it without fail.
The singer expressed her disgust over Tuesday’s events in a tweet. She wrote, “what happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic & is certainly not an isolated incident by any means. AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated & it’s disgusting! I’m heartbroken for the Asian community & my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost. The hate must stop.”
what happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic & is certainly not an isolated incident by any means. AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated & it’s disgusting! I’m heartbroken for the Asian community & my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost. The hate must stop. pic.twitter.com/rkxZDnxG9E
Kaling took to Twitter writing, “The targeting of our Asian brothers and sisters is sickening, but not surprising given the normalizing of anti-Asian hate speech in the past year. We have to #StopAsianHate, enough is enough!”
The targeting of our Asian brothers and sisters is sickening, but not surprising given the normalizing of anti-Asian hate speech in the past year. We have to #StopAsianHate, enough is enough!
Momager Kris Jenner shared a lengthy post on her Instagram in which she shows support for the Asian community and urges everyone to stand up against this hate. All of the Kar-Jenner sisters reposted the graphic, along with their own thoughts on the tragedy.
Lakshmi shared several tweets about the incident, stating “Last night’s attack was domestic terrorism directed at Asian women on the heels of over 3,000 hate crimes against Asian Americans this year alone.” In the tweet she also shares ways to donate to the AAPI community.
Asians are not a monolith.
The continent includes around 48 countries and 3 territories, all with unique cultures, food customs and traditions.
But a racist attack against one of us is an attack against all of us. #StopAsianHate
The tragedy that took place on Tuesday cannot be excused or chalked up to a “bad day.” Domestic terrorism is not new to the U.S. – we must continue to fight against the hate and hold the guilty accountable.
We encourage our readers to look through the links below and learn more about the ways we can support the AAPI community during this difficult time.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and loved ones.
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