Rihanna took to the streets on Sunday to show her support for the Asian-American community amid a wave of anti-Asian hate crimes.
The “Umbrella” singer was spotted in New York City carrying a handmade sign that read “STOP ASIAN HATE” on one side and “HATE = RACISM Against GOD” on the other.
Rihanna’s assistant Tina Truong posted an Instagram story on Monday of the owner of Fenty Beauty making the sign, alongside some videos from the protest.
Truong also posted a photo and video of Rihanna during the rally on Instagram. The musician was able to remain incognito at the event thanks to her outfit, which consisted of a gray hoodie, a leather bomber jacket, a baseball cap, sunglasses and a mask.
In fact, Rihanna was so unrecognizable that another protester was surprised when he asked her for her Instagram handle, asking, “Is that you?”
Rihanna’s involvement in the rally comes weeks after the Atlanta spa shooting who killed eight people, including six Asian women. In the past year, hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased by 150% in the nation’s largest cities, according to a California State University analysis of police records released earlier this month.
Shortly after the spa shooting, Rihanna took to Instagram, saying they were “brutal, tragic and certainly not an isolated incident.”
“The hatred of AAPI has continued unabated and it’s disgusting!” she wrote. “My heart is broken for the Asian community and my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost yesterday. The hatred must stop. #ProtectAAPILives. “
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