Hollywood stars such as Olivia Munn, Mindy Kaling, and Daniel Dae Kim are among the celebrities who have spoken out in support of the Asian American community following shootings in Georgia.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a two-hour massacre saw eight people shot dead at massage parlors in Atlanta, a majority of them women of Asian descent.
Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock in Georgia, was arrested last night after a dramatic police car chase which resulted in the suspect’s car being shunted off the road.
The Office star Mindy Kaling was one of many stars who shared their dismay over the attack as she tweeted: 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!’
X-Men: Apocalypse star Olivia Munn wrote: ‘The violent attacks and murders against Asians are still happening. Please help us. We need help to be safe in our country. #StopAsianHate. Please.’
The Farewell director Lulu Wang responded to a tweet by reporter Kat Chow that said: ‘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.’
Lulu added: ‘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.’
Lost actor Daniel Dae Kim stated: ‘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. #StopAsianHate.’
NBA superstar LeBrown 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!!’
British actress also spoke out on Instagram as she posted on her Instagram Story: ‘The Asian hate crime tonight in Atlanta-Buckhead and Cherokee County is just so f–king appalling and so sad. He drove to a new destination. To target Asian women.
‘[Every time] there’s a mass shooting it’s so heartbreaking and so destructive and yet America just shakes [its] head as if that’s just part of being in America and carries on. It doesn’t have to be. This was targeted. This is white supremacy. This was targeted Asian murder.’
The eight victims were killed in three separate shootings at two spas and a massage parlor in and around Atlanta.
In the first shooting two Asian women, one white woman and a white man were killed at Young’s Asian Massage, in the north of the city.
Then in short succession, three Asian women were shot at Gold Spa, before another Asian woman was killed at Aromatherapy Spa. These parlours were around 30 miles away from the first.
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