Olivia Munn has shared a statement in support of the Asian American community, as hate crimes continue to rise amid the pandemic.
The actress, whose mum is from Vietnam, joins actors Daniel Dae Kim, Daniel Wu, Gemma Chan and many more who are using their platforms to urge the media and public to stop ignoring the violence.
“Over the past few days I’ve found myself at a loss for words at the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes,” Olivia begins.
“The racist, verbal and physical assaults have left my community fearful to step outside. These hate crimes have spiked since Covid and continue to increase even though we ask for help, even though we ask our fellow Americans to be outraged for us, even though we ask for more mainstream media coverage,” her statement continues.
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“Hate crimes against Asian Americans have become so bad that in just the past week a 91-year-old Asian American man was attacked from behind as he walked down the street in Oakland, an 84-year-old Thai American was murdered in San Francisco, a 64-year-old Vietnamese American woman was assaulted in San Jose and a Filipino American man was slashed in the face in Manhattan.”
Olivia ends by urging her fans to show their support:
“To simply exists as a minority in this country is seen as a protest to some. We need help amplifying the outrage. We need help to feel safe in our country. We need help to be safe in our country.”
She signs off “With Love, Olivia Munn, Proud Asian American.”
According to a UN report, there were 1,800 racist incidents against Asian Americans reported between March and May in the United States in 2020.
The NYPD also reported that hate crimes against Asian Americans had steadily been decreasing for the last three years until the pandemic hit – and then they saw a 1,900 percent increase in hate crimes in New York City.
Olivia tagged a number of accounts in her post which are run by Asian Americans and are keeping their audiences informed about the violence and racism including @NextShark and @AsiansWithAttitude.
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