Karen Fukuhara, star of The Boys, calls for an end to Asian hatred after being physically attacked

‘The Boys’ star Karen Fukuhara said she was “punched” in the back of the head by an unknown assailant outside a cafe on Wednesday.

The actor, who also appeared in David Ayer’s ‘Suicide Squad’, shared the story of the assault on Instagram alongside the hashtag ‘Stop Asian Hate’ amid the recent spike in violence against people in Asian origin.

“This shit needs to stop,” Fukuhara wrote in an Instagram post describing the attack. “We women, Asians and the elderly need your help.”

“I rarely talk about my private life, but something happened today that I thought was important,” she detailed in the post. “I was heading to a cafe for coffee and a man hit me on the back of the head. He came out of nowhere. We weren’t in eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary It came to my surprise and my hat flew off. By the time I looked back he was a few feet away from me (he must have kept walking after hitting me).

Fukuhara, who said she was “physically fine” after the attack, wrote that she considered “confronting” her attacker, but chose not to say anything to avoid the “risk” of further violence.

The man yelled at her and eventually walked away, she recalled, after the two stared at each other for a few seconds.

Fukuhara said she was moved to share the incident publicly to let people know that “these hate crimes happen to ordinary, everyday people – people they share meals with. I felt it was important to raise awareness.

“This is the first time I have been physically hurt, although racial slurs and hurtful actions have been directed at me in the past,” she continued, adding that the violent encounter brought her to consider taking self-defense courses.

Fukuhara ended her post by asking, “Why is this something we as ‘victims’ have to think about?” What satisfaction do these attackers derive from hitting women, Asians, the elderly? »

“They need to be held accountable,” she wrote. “What can we do as a community to prevent these horrific crimes? »

Anti-Asian violence has increased dramatically amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has fueled xenophobic sentiments. According to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSU San Bernardino, there has been a 339% increase in hate crimes toward Asian Americans in several major cities between 2021 and 2020.

The Fukuhara attack also came on the first anniversary of a shooting at three Atlanta-area spas, where a man killed eight people, including six Asian women.

The actor’s story has garnered an outpouring of support from his “The Boys” co-stars, including Jack Quaid, Chace Crawford and Karl Urban, as well as other celebrities who have expressed concern.

“Karen thank you for sharing your experience. I’m so sorry this happened to you. I love you. Here if you need anything,” Quaid wrote. In a separate comment, Crawford added, “F that person!! Hope you’re okay, that’s awful.

“I am sorry and deeply saddened to hear this,” Urban wrote. “Glad you’re okay.
Seriously WTF!! This anti-Asian xenophobic bullshit has to stop fckn!!! »

“I’m so grateful you’re safe,” ‘X-Men’ star Olivia Munn shared alongside a group of heart emojis.

“I’m so sorry this happened to you and glad you’re okay,” actor Jamie Chung added. “I know mentally it’s going to take a while to heal.”


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