Rihanna showed her support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community by going undercover to attend a “Stop Asian Hate” rally this past Sunday in New York City, NBC News reports.
The 33-year-old pop superstar and makeup mogul managed to avoid drawing attention to herself by covering her face in a black face mask, a baseball hat, and large, dark sunglasses. She attended the rally with her assistant Tina Truong, who documented the day’s festivities on her Instagram page.
Troung captioned the carousel of photos and videos from the rally: “This is what solidarity looks like! #stopaapihate #stopasianhate #callitahatecrime.” She held a yellow sign that read “Bad day?! #Call it a HATE crime,” referencing a Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman saying that suspected 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 a man. Six of the people killed were women of Asian descent. 21-year-old Long was charged with eight counts of murder and aggravated assault.
The shootings — followed by the recent attacks against Asian people in cities including Tacoma, Washington, and New York City — sparked conversations nationwide about hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, who have been blamed for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the United States. Rallies in support of the community have been held across the country including in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Troung also shared a video of one attendee at the rally asking Rihanna for her Instagram handle, who is seemingly unaware that he was talking to the singer. Captioned: “When Rih gives you her IG handle but you think she trolling.” As the stunned man asks, “That’s you?”, Rihanna starts laughing.