Gigi Hadid, Olivia Munn and Other Celebrities Come Out in Support of Asian Americans Following Atlanta Shootings

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: March 19, 2021

Dozens of celebrities came out in support of the Asian American community, condemning the recent surge in anti-Asian violence after eight people were killed this week in shootings at Atlanta. The perpetrators particularly targeted Asian-owned businesses in that area.

Gigi Hadid, Gemma Chan, Margaret Cho, Shonda Rhimes, Lin-Manuel, George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim and other celebrities have responded to the outrageous attacks, which left eight people dead, including six women of Asian community.

On Tuesday, Atlanta authorities arrested a culprit named Robert Aon, 21 of Woodstock, Ga., who has confessed to killing the victims.

“Please pay attention to what is happening,” wrote Marvel and “Crazy Rich Asians” star on his Instagram account. “Racism and misogyny are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sexualized racial harassment and violence is something that many of us face regularly.”

“We need to stop the dehumanization of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for COVID. We need to unite against all forms of hate. Please spread awareness, check in your Asian friends because we are not ok… educate yourself and others on the model minority myth and the long history of anti-Asian racism… Please don’t be silent,” the actor wrote.

Co, Star Trek actor and comedian, was also among those who spoke against the attack. He emphasized that others should consider the attacks as hate crimes. He condemned Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds’ statement that the Atlanta attacks “did not appear to be” motivated by racism.

Activists have highlighted many factors that contributed to the surge in anti-Asian crimes during the pandemic, including xenophobic history related to Asian communities, along with significant political figures such as Donald Trump’s deliberate use of racist rhetoric to describe coronavirus.

During his public statements, Trump was repeatedly dubbing coronavirus as “Chinese virus,” insinuating that it is originated or caused by Chinese people.

According to a report published by Stop AAPI Hate, about 3,795 racially-motivated attacks have been occurred since the start of the pandemic and the number is likely much higher, as many have been gone unreported.

“Whether the killer went in with intent to kill Asian women or he just happened to go9 to three different Asian establishments, miles apart, with intent to kill those inside doesn’t change the racial nature of these murders,” Star Trek star, George Takei tweeted. “The best thing can do today is to keep out against violence toward Asians in this country, especially if you yourself are not Asian.”

“I am so angry and full of grief because of what happened yesterday,” said Cho, who was also a resident of Atlanta for seven years. “It is a hate crime. When you kill [six] Asian women, it’s a hate crime. I don’t know why that’s even a question. This is terrorism, and this is a hate crime. Stop killing us.”

Lana Condor, the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “To All the Boys I’ve loved before” actress, also took to social media, urging fans to keep checking up on your grieving Asian friends and loved ones.

“Wake up! Your Asian friends and family are deeply scared, horrified, sick to their stomachs and wildly angry…. Please please please stand with us. Please. Your Asian friend needs you, even if they aren’t publicly grieving on social media.”

Here’s how other celebrities reacted to the violent attacks on the Asian community:

Singer John Legend stated that the attacks were downright “absolutely horrible,” and that the country “needs to reckon with the increased threats being directed at our Asian-American brothers and sisters.”

The Atlanta shooting incident is a recent one in a serious of attacks against Asian-American community. On 11th March this year, a 75-year-old man from Hong Kong was killed after being physically assaulted during his morning walk. The culprit had a history of targeting elderly Asians.

In another similar incident, an 81 year old from Thailand was killed after being forcefully pulled down on the ground when he was casually walking in his neighborhood in San Francisco. Similarly, a 61 year old Filipino-American man had his face lacerated upon confronting a man who kicked his tote bag.

Since the start of pandemic, individuals belonging from the Asian community have been targeted and looked down upon, as if they are the only ones responsible for the spread of coronavirus. But in reality, it is the West who is still struggling to control the spread while China has been declared coronavirus-free! It’s high time we should all stand against those xenophobic individuals who endorse such hate crimes against the Asian community—or any other community, for that matter.

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Updated March 19, 2021
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