Award-winning singer and businesswoman Rihanna went full incognito to attend a #StopAsianHate protest on Sunday, April 4 in New York City.
WATCH RIHANNA SHOW SUPPORT AGAINST ASIAN HATE
TikToker @jeanniejay helped organize a #StopAsianHate protest in New York and she was surprised to find the Umbrella singer among the crowd as one of the protesters.
“Look who came to our walk I’m… SENT we have stan our day I woke up queen @rihanna,” she captioned the video.
RIHANNA’S HANDMADE CUPBOARD
Rihanna went completely undercover in a black mask, dark sunglasses and a baseball cap holding a neon pink sign up in the air. His handmade sign read “STOP ASIAN HATE” on one side and “HATE = RACISM Against GOD” on the other side.
Rihanna’s assistant Tina Truong also posted images on her Instagram Story of the Diamonds singer making the sign as well as some videos of the actual event.
The owner of Fenty Beauty is also seen dancing to “My Body, My Business” songs.
FAN: “IS THAT YOU?”
Rihanna was so unrecognizable during the protest that another protester asked her Instagram handle, possibly to tag her on her social media videos.
Rihanna then typed @badgirlriri on her phone and it took a while to figure out that it was actually Rihanna.
RIHANNA JOINS HASHTAG ACTIVISM
In addition to showing up at the protest, Rihanna also showed her support for Asians Against Hate on her social media accounts where she has 93.9 million influential people to say the least. She posted under #ProtectAAPILives to show her support for Asians.
The #StopAsianHate movement has grown in recent months following an upsurge in hate crimes in Asia following the coronavirus pandemic. According to Dazed Digital, a report found that 3,800 Asian Americans reported hate-related incidents between March 2020 and February 2021.
Hatred against Asians was taken to the next level in the Atlanta shooting that killed eight women, six of whom were of Asian descent. In Rihanna’s post, she talks about the shootings.
“What happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic and certainly not an isolated incident,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram.
“My heart is broken for the Asian community and my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost yesterday,” she added.
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