Pop superstar and makeup mogul Rihanna showed her support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community by going undercover to attend a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in New York on Sunday.
The 33-year-old singer avoided drawing attention to herself by covering her face with a black mask, baseball cap and large dark sunglasses. She attended the rally with her 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 an image of Rihanna holding up 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 handle, apparently unaware he was talking to the singer about “Umbrella.”
“When Rih gives you her IG handle but you think she’s trolling,” Truong captioned the video. As the stunned man asks, “Is that you?” Rihanna laughs.
Troung attended the rally with a sign reading “Bad day? #Call it a hain crime”, in reference to a spokesperson for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office saying that armed suspect Robert Aaron Long “had a bad day “when he allegedly opened fire at three Atlanta-area spas last month, killing eight people and injuring one man. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent.
Long, 21, has been charged with eight counts of murder and aggravated assault.
The shootings – followed by recent attacks on Asians in cities such as Tacoma, Washington and New York – have sparked conversations across the country about hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.
Community support rallies have taken place across the country, including Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.