Olivia Munn is speaking up against anti-Asian hate crimes, which have been on the rise in the US amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The actress, whose mother is from Vietnam and of Chinese descent, posted a lengthy message on Instagram on Tuesday calling to “Stop the Asian Hate.”
“Over the past few days I’ve found myself at a loss for words at the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes,” Munn, 40, wrote. “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.”
The “X Men: Apocalypse” star then highlighted the story of individuals who have been victims of these crimes, including a 91-year-old Asian American man who was “attacked,” an 84-year-old Thai American who was murdered, a 64-year-old Vietnamese American woman who was assaulted, and a Filipino man who was “slashed” in Manhattan.
“To simply exist as a minority in this country is seen as a protest to some,” she concluded. “We need help amplifying the outrage. We need help to feel safe in our country. We need help to be safe in our country.”
According to a UN report released last August, there were more than 1,800 racist incidents against Asian Americans in the US over an eight-week period from March to May 2020.
Several people thanked Munn for speaking out against these injustices.
Fellow Asian American actress, Ally Maki, commented, “Love you sis. Thank you for always being a leader in our community.”
Munn, who signed the note as a “Proud Asian American,” also tagged several accounts dedicated to amplifying Asian voices.