Pop artist Rihanna is known for her bold moves. This time also, nothing went different.
A video of Rihanna dancing on New York streets, chanting slogans holding placards, went viral on social media as she joined the protest of ‘Stop Asian Hate’. The motive behind this protest is to stop the brutal and evil behaviour against the Asian people.
Rihanna donned black leather pants and matched them with a black leather jacket which she paired with a white t-shirt and a black mask. She maybe wanted to disguise herself, but oh, we spotted her inspite of her efforts.
Rihanna’s manager Tina Truong took to her Instagram handle and shared a few snippets from the protest. Among them, she also posted a video where Rihanna can be seen jumping and chanting slogans across the streets of New York. Rihanna took up a pink placard, where it was written, “Hate = Racism Against God” and #StopAsianHate. Her manager captioned the series of pictures and videos, “This is what solidarity looks like! #stopaapihate #stopasianhate #callitahatecrime.”
Last month, when American parlours were attacked and damaged brutally, the singer took to her social media accounts to share her views and thoughts with her audience. The caption read, “what happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic & is certainly not an isolated incident by any means. AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated & it’s disgusting! I’m heartbroken for the Asian community & my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost. The hate must stop.”
Rihanna has never run away from telling the truth, be it being politically correct or entangling herself in some controversies, the singer has always stood firm on her ground and fought against injustices. This time, the singer has raised her voice against the evil racism mentality and the hatred that follows it.
What happened with the Asian community and why this ‘Stop Asian Hate’ protest?
Racism against Asian Americans has been there for a very long time and people have faced it earlier too but nobody stood up or spoke against it. Recently, a series of incidents among which, a 21-year old white man attacked 3 massage parlours killing 8 women, 6 of whom are Asian, caused this sudden urge of protesting against it and standing up for each other. Even though the reason has not been confirmed but it is pretty clear that it is a hate crime.
Other than Rihanna, former President Barack Obama tweeted after this incident as well. He wrote, “Even as we’ve battled the pandemic, we’ve continued to neglect the longer-lasting epidemic of gun violence in America. Although the shooter’s motive is not yet clear, the identity of the victims underscores an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence that must end.”
Apart from them, Hollywood celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Lana Condor, Gemma Chen, Margaret Cho, and many others raised their voice against this brutal hatred. Everybody took part in the protest through their social media platform, but Rihanna was spotted in the midst of the protest inspite of trying to stay out of the limelight.
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