Celebs Plead to #StopAsianHate After Atlanta Shootings: "Your Silence Is Complicity"

Celebrities are speaking out in regard to the tragic Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16, which left eight people dead, six of whom were women of Asian descent. The killings come amid the recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans, resulting in many of the responses being a mix of grief, anger, and frustration at the consistent and unchecked barrage of racism and violence.

"These murders and countless acts of violence and the destruction of businesses and white terrorism in our communities are the direct cause of politicians and leaders fanning the flames of anti-Asian rhetoric and using us as a scapegoat for a global pandemic. Historically Asian immigrants have been the scapegoat for others misfortunes. This ends now," Jamie Chung said in an Instagram post on March 17. She is not alone, with stars like Daniel Dae Kim, Lana Condor, George Takei, and more using social media to share their sentiments concerning the recent shooting and attacks. You can read their statements in full ahead.

Daniel Dae Kim

Jamie Chung

Min Jin Lee

Sherry Cola

George Takei

Ashley Park

Lana Condor

Maia Shibutani

Lulu Wang

Simu Liu

Jeremy Lin

Kahmora Hall

Kat Chow

Jimmy Wong

Shannon Lee
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Shannon Lee

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Bruce Lee's daughter penned the following note:

This is where "kung flu" leads. You think it's a joke and that we shouldn't be so serious about it. But then there are those who latch onto 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 we try to break the oneness into separate parts and decide to categorize and rank the parts as good and bad, better or worse, belonging or not belonging. What would it cost you to decide we are all one family? But really? What is lost by transforming contempt to acceptance?

It's time to look within and ask yourself, do I want to be at peace? Can I operate from love? Will I stand with my human family and embody the end of hate? You're invited to the family gathering. Please join us.