Pop superstar and makeup mogul Rihanna showed her support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community by going incognito to attend a “Stop Asian Hate” rally on Sunday in New York City.
The 33-year-old singer avoided drawing attention to herself by covering her face with a black mask, a baseball cap and large dark glasses. He attended the rally with his assistant Tina Truong, who documented the day’s festivities on her Instagram page.
“This is what solidarity looks like! #Stopaapihate #stopasianhate #callitahatecrime,” Troung captioned a series of photos and videos, including a picture of Rihanna holding a “Stop Asian Hate” sign and a video of the singer dancing in the Street.
Troung also shared a video of a rally attendee asking Rihanna for her Instagram name, apparently unaware that she was speaking to the “Umbrella” singer.
“When Rih gives you her IG ID but you think she’s trolling,” Truong captioned in the video. When the stunned man asks, “Is that you?” Rihanna starts laughing.
Troung attended the rally with a sign that read “Bad day? # Call it a hate crime,” referring to a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office who said alleged gunman Robert Aaron Long “had a bad day. “when he allegedly opened fire last month at three Atlanta-area spas, killing eight people and wounding one man. Six of the people killed were women of Asian descent.
Long, 21, was charged with eight counts of murder and aggravated battery.
The shootings, followed by recent attacks on Asian people in cities like Tacoma, Washington and New York City, sparked conversations across the country about hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Demonstrations in support of the community have been held across the country, including in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.