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Lulu Wang, Olivia Munn, Daniel Dae Kim, Mindy Kaling and more celebrities are speaking out in support of the Asian American community following news of shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday evening that left eight people dead, a majority of them women of Asian descent.
The Farewell director Lulu Wang responded to a tweet by former NPR reporter Kat Chow that read “I want to know their names, who and what they loved, the people they had waiting for them at home, everything they hoped for. I want to know the fabric of their days and the contexts of their lives.” Wang quote tweeted, saying “I know these women. The ones working themselves to the bone to send their kids to school, to send money back home. In too much pain to know what else to say so I’ll just leave this here.”
“The violent attacks and murders against Asians are still happening. Please help us. We need help to be safe in our country. #StopAsianHate. Please,” Munn tweeted. The actress has been vocal about a rise in attacks against the Asian American community, including a recent attack against her friend’s mother outside a New York City bakery.
Daniel Dae Kim tweeted, “The race of the person committing the crime matters less than the simple fact that if you act with hate in your heart, you are part of the problem. And to those with the power to help and yet sit idly by, your silence is complicity.”
Mindy Kaling also took to Twitter to express “enough is enough” regarding the rise in anti-Asian hate speech and violence. “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.”
Simu Liu, who will play Shang-Chi in an upcoming Marvel film, wrote that he felt “overwhelming grief” over the news of the eight people killed in Atlanta. “Still much we don’t know, but it’s clear to me that the shooter specifically targeted Asian women. Praying for the victims’ families, and for my Asian sisters. Action to follow.”
The shootings took place at multiple spas in Atlanta and one in the suburbs, authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt. The killings follow a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the novel coronavirus across the United States.
Former President Donald Trump and senior members of his administration were criticized continually during his time in office for referring to COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus,” despite the World Health Organization’s warning against using geographic locations when naming illnesses.
“Call a hate crime what it is,” George Takei wrote on Twitter in the wake of the shootings. “And GOP leaders, stop fanning violence with anti-Asian rhetoric. You should be ashamed at what you have unleashed. Three days ago, the leader of the House GOP called it the ‘China Virus’ again. Words have consequences, especially those from our leaders. Reporters: Ask politicians who trade in racism if they feel responsible or remorseful for violence committed in the wake of their words.”
Jimmy Wong also took to social media, writing “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.”
Bernice King offered condolences to the families and communities of those killed in Atlanta, writing on Twitter “I am deeply saddened that we live in a nation and world permeated by hate and violence. I stand with Asian members of our World House, who are a part of our global human family.”
LeBron James tweeted, “My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpired in Atlanta at the Aromatherapy Spa. Coward a** young man!! Just senseless and tragic!!”
“Asians. Your hurt and rage and perspective are worth expressing. Every single word. SAY it. SEND it. SCREAM it. FUCK the scapegoating. FUCK misogyny and white supremacy. FUCK the endangerment of our most vulnerable. And fuck you if you think we’re going to take it. #StopAsianHate,” Eugene Lee Yang, from The Try Guys, posted on Twitter.
Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 149 percent in 16 of America’s largest cities in 2020 according to an analysis of official preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. The first spike occurring in March and April amid a rise in COVID-19 cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic. Nearly 3,800 incidents have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based reporting center for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and its partner advocacy groups since March of last year.
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