Olivia Munn says Asian Americans are targeted, responding to the Atlanta shooting where a white gunman killed eight people, six of whom were Asian Americans. The rehearsal of the love marriage and The press room The actress spoke to MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace about the rise in anti-Asian violence amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“We live in a country that attacks us simply because we are us. And we really don’t know what we need to do to get help, ”Munn told Wallace on Wednesday. “We need more people who care about us.”
Munn, who has spoken openly about discrimination and racism in Asia, first spoke about Tuesday night’s killings on social media. On Tuesday, she tweeted that Asian Americans “need help to be safe in our country.” She told Wallace that due to underreporting and language barriers, attacks on the Asian American community are not getting enough attention.
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She mentioned that the attacks, which initially targeted seniors in the Asian community, turned into acts of violence specifically against Asian women. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate families across America, Munn said “this another pandemic” of racially-motivated violence is adding to the “heartbreaking” situation. She referred to racist names for the coronavirus, such as “Kung Flu” or “China virus” – the two terms used by former President Donald Trump to name Covid-19.
“They’ve put a target on us and it just can’t be an open season for the Asians right now,” she said.
She took advantage of her time on the MSNBC segment to ask elected officials to use their platforms to amplify the concerns of the Asian community. Munn, one of many Asian American personalities, expressing dismay and grief over the murders on Tuesday. The farewell Director Lulu Wang, Simu Liu and Daniel Dae Kim also shared their thoughts on social media.
See Munn’s MSNBC appearance and social media posts below:
“Right now there is a mental health crisis among Asian Americans. We are targeted, we live in a country that attacks us simply because we are us.@Oliviamunn speak with @NicolleDWallace sure @MSNBC on the rise in Asian-American hate crimes in the United States pic.twitter.com/dVJm1xOUgL
– MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) March 17, 2021
– olivia (@oliviamunn) March 17, 2021
Killing 8 people specifically targeting Asian women in 3 different locations would it be just something he did “at the end of a bad day” if his skin was a different color and his eyes were a different shape? ? 🤬🤬🤬 #StopAsianHate https://t.co/nhS3e2Lmi6
– olivia (@oliviamunn) March 17, 2021
I know these women. Those who work hard to send their children to school, to send money home. In too much pain to know what else to say so I’ll leave it here. https://t.co/Dz7wKkbADy
– Lulu Wang (@thumbelulu) March 17, 2021
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 for those who have the power to help while standing idly by, your silence is a complicity. #StopAsianHate https://t.co/0QaLoXhtP0
– Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) March 17, 2021
The hashtag #StopAsianHate is rightly so. How can we do this beyond just tweeting? Some ideas. Examine the stereotypes you have about Asians. Work to dismantle it in you. Raise your voice wherever anti-Asian sentiment is present. Normalize the call. https://t.co/KENMNCsEvy
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 17, 2021
Feel overwhelming grief after the senseless murder of 8 people in Atlanta. Still a lot of stuff we don’t know, but it’s clear to me that the shooter was specifically targeting Asian women.
Pray for the families of the victims and for my Asian sisters. Action to follow.https://t.co/DjMcG0sBbv
– Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) March 17, 2021
YELLOW ANTI-MISOGYNY FUCK
I am not a scholar, but I am an Asian woman who knows what it is to be reduced, disparaged and how objectification puts me in danger.
Thank you @nancywyuen who helped me shape my thoughts.#FuckYourModelMinority#StopAAPIHate pic.twitter.com/YvcmtTK5Zr
– Sophia Chang (@sophchang) March 17, 2021
This is where the “kung flu” leads. You think this is a joke and we shouldn’t be so serious about it. But there are also those who cling to it with hatred and xenophobia and use it to fuel their fear and contempt until it explodes into heinous acts. This is what happens when 1 / pic.twitter.com/ZqLxH4tNI0
– Bruce Lee (@brucelee) March 17, 2021
What it is, call it a hate crime.
And GOP leaders, stop fanning the violence with anti-Asian rhetoric.
You should be ashamed of what you set off.
– George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 17, 2021