One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Rihanna took to her verified Instagram account the other day to react to the news that eight people were shot to death by a gunman at three Atlanta-area spas. Six of the eight people killed were Asian women.
As known on March 16, a 21-year-old suspected opened fire at the spas around 5 p.m. and killed eight people at the scene; once the news spread regarding the shooting of 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, 44-year-old Daoyou Feng, 49-year-old Xiaojie Tan and 54-year-old Paul Andre Michels, the concerns regarding anti-Asian violence during the coronavirus pandemic arised.
Singer and songwriter Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, released a photo from the Asian American protests following the Atlanta shootings and wrote a caption that reads:
“What happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic, and is certainly not an isolated incident by any means. AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated.”
Rihanna described the things that happened in Atlanta as “disgusting” and called for the support of Asian Americans. She continued:
“I’m heartbroken for the Asian community and my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost yesterday. The hate must stop.”
Apart from the singer, a great number of politicians and celebs took to their social media account to “Stop AAPI Hate.” According to the official documents, more than 4.000 Asian Americans reported that they had to face anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020 to date. It is predicted that the “China Virus” slur triggered the hate acts towards Asian people.
Head this way to view Rihanna’s post.