Rihanna took to the streets on Sunday to show her support for the Asian-American community amid a wave of hate crimes against Asians..
The “Umbrella” singer was spotted in New York City with a handmade sign that read “STOP HATE ASIAN” on one side and “HATE = RACISM AGAINST GOD” on the other.
Rihanna’s assistant Tina Truong posted a story on Instagram Monday of the Fenty Beauty owner making the sign, along with some videos from the protest.
Truong also posted a photo and video of Rihanna at the rally on Instagram. The musician was able to remain incognito at the event thanks to his outfit, which consisted of a gray hoodie, leather bomber jacket, baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask.
In fact, Rihanna was so unrecognizable that a fellow protestor was shocked when asked about her Instagram account and asked, “Is that you?”
Rihanna’s participation in the rally comes weeks after the Atlanta-area spa shootings. which killed eight people, six of them Asian women. In the past year, hate crimes against Asian Americans increased 150% in the nation’s largest cities, according to a California State University analysis of police records that was released earlier this month.
Shortly after the spa shootings, Rihanna spoke on Instagram saying they were “brutal, tragic and certainly not an isolated incident.”
“The hatred of the AAPI has been perpetuated rampant and it is disgusting!” she wrote. “I am heartbroken for the Asian community and my heart goes out to the loved ones we lost yesterday. The hatred must stop. #ProtectAAPILives “.
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