Trevor Noah on Wednesday opened The Daily Show with a powerful monologue in which he addressed the recent Atlanta shooting rampage that left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women.
The deadly attack occurred as harassment and violence toward Asian Americans have seen a dramatic rise during the pandemic.
Noah blasted the suspected shooter for apparently telling authorities the Tuesday shootings were about sex addiction, not racism.
“First of all, fuck you, man,” Noah said. “You killed six Asian people. Specifically, you went there. If there is anyone who’s racist, it is a motherfucker who kills six Asian women. Your murders speak louder than your words. Six Asian women were killed.”
Noah made clear: “We saw it coming. People in the Asian community have been tweeting, saying: ‘Please, help us. We’re getting punched in the street. We’re getting slurs written on our doors. We’re getting people coming up to us to say, “Thanks for Covid; thanks for spoiling the world! Thanks!”‘”
On Wednesday, Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee, said racist rhetoric from former President Donald Trump and his supporters about the pandemic is linked to the increase in violence against Asian Americans.
“This is where ‘kung flu’ leads,” Lee began in her Wednesday afternoon message via several tweets. “You think it’s a joke and that we shouldn’t be so serious about it. But then there are those who latch onto it with hatred and xenophobia and use it to fuel their fear and contempt until it explodes into heinous acts.”
Like Lee, Noah said the reaction to warnings from those who said the rhetoric was wrong and dangerous was to shrug it off.
“We are seeing this happening, and while we’re fighting for it, there are many people who have been like, ‘Oh, stop being so woke, so dramatic. Kung flu, come on, hahaha, hahaha, hahaha! It’s just a joke.’ Yeah, it’s a joke that comes at one of the most tense times in human history.”
Watch the full segment below.