Musicians speak out and unite together to #StopAsianHate

Musicians speak out and unite together to #StopAsianHate

Musicians all over the world are taking a stand and speaking out to stop Asian hate.

In the last year, there has been a surge of hate crimes against Asians in the West, with many contributing the rise to insensitive comments related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the New York Times, there have been nearly 3800 cases of attacks against Asian-Americans since March 2020. 

Most recently, six Asian women were killed in a series of attacks around Atlanta. The incident has caused many musicians and other public figures to respond in fury against xenophobia and Asian-targeted attacks.

Amidst growing cases of Anti-Asian violence, many are also outraged by the continued negative portrayal of Asian acts in the media. In a recent case, collectable company Topps were under fire for illustrating K-pop group BTS bruised in their latest card collection. The company has since retracted the card and issued an apology stating, "We hear and understand our consumers who are upset about the portrayal of BTS in our GPK Shammy Awards product and we apologize for including it".

This also follows a recent racist comment made against the K-pop group by Bayern 3 presenter Mattias Matuschik, who irreverently compared BTS to the deadly global pandemic. 

Following all these incidents, artists such as the likes of Japanese Breakfast, Lea Salonga, Jackson Wang, Rina Sawayama, TOKiMONSTA, Bohan Phoenix, Ruby Ibarra, Mark Redito, Rich Brian, Janet Jackson, CLand even the musical production Hamilton and music label Zoom Lens have spoken up about the issue and shared ways to support Asian communities. 

Read the statements musicians and artists have shared below.


Japanese Breakfast

CL

RICH BRIAN

Eric Nam

TOKIMONSTA

Bohan Phoenix

Bohan Phoenix announced on his Instagram that he will be matching his fans' donations to APPI organisations to help and empower the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders community.

Previously, the Chinese-American rapper also spoke at an event on Clubhouse, alongside TOKiMONSTA, Tammy Cho, and MILCK, to spread awareness and raise money to support Hate Is A Virus, an organisation dedicated to dismantling racism. 

MANILA KILLA

RUBY IBARRA

ALEXA

Rina Sawayama

MARK REDITO

JANET JACKSON

Hamilton

John Legend

Lea Salonga

Jackson Wang

 
 
 
 
 
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Zoom Lens Label


To donate to the #StopAsianHate fund, click here

To report a crime against Asian-Americans, you can report to Stop AAPI Hate and the Asian American Justice Center.


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