Rihanna recently took to the streets of New York City to stand in solidarity with the Asian community following a surge in hate crimes and violence over the past year. The 33-year-old went incognito in a black face mask, a black Burberry baseball cap, dark sunglasses, and a black and white leather baseball jacket paired with a hoodie and black leather pants. She carried a bright pink poster that read “Stop Asian Hate” on one side.
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As the pop star tried to keep a low profile in the crowd, Rihanna’s assistant Tina Truong shared several images and videos of her in action. The singer/makeup mogul was seen marching through the streets whilst holding her poster and flashing peace signs at her assistant’s camera. Truong herself held up a poster saying, “Bad Day?! Call it a hate crime”, referring to the comments made by law enforcement after the murder of eight people, including six women of Asian descent in Atlanta last month. The post was captioned, “This is what solidarity looks like! #stopaapihate #stopasianhate #callitahatecrime”. Troug also shared a video on her Instagram story of a fellow protestor at the rally asking Rihanna for her Instagram, unaware of who the singer is. She captioned the video, “When Rih gives you her IG handle but you think she trolling”. The stunned protester can be seen asking, “That’s you?!”.
After a number of crimes against Asians, rallies in support of the community have sparked all over America including Atlanta, Pittsburg, San Antonia, New York City, Chicago and San Fransisco.