‘Don’t be silent’ – Celebrities spread #StopAsianHate message after Atlanta shootings

The Atlanta-area spas shootings which saw six Asian women killed and eight total deaths earlier this week were part of a recent rise in anti-Asian violence which has prompted the #StopAsianHate trend which celebrities are supporting.

Gemma Chan, Margaret Cho, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shonda Rhimes, Daniel Dae Kim, George Takei and other celebrities have publicly expressed their anger against the attacks. Atlanta authorities have revealed that 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long was arrested on Tuesday night and confessed to murdering the victims.

There have been theories from the last few months that people from Asian decent are to blame for the spread of COVID-19. U.S. President Joe Biden said in an address last week there have been “vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated,” as quoted by the BBC.