Awkwafina broke her silence on the worldwide coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, slamming the “cruelty” of language people have used to discuss the crisis.
The “Nora From Queens” star, whose real name is Nora Lum, posted a picture of herself in a mask to her 1.5 million followers on Instagram, noting that she has “been away working for the past few months in all of this devastation.”
“Haven’t said much about this whole thing because mostly I am just saddened by it,” wrote Awkwafina, 31. “I worry for those who are most at risk for serious illness, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. I am saddened by the rhetoric that has come out of this, and the cruelty that came as a result.”
She wrote that she hopes people “stay sane and calm” while they practice social distancing, and said she will also observe a self-quarantine.
“Wishing everyone a sense of peace during this bats–t crazy time — I will be locking myself up for the next 2 weeks rewatching the ‘Tiger King,’” she wrote.
The actress and rapper — whose father and mother are Chinese American and Korean American, respectively — was reportedly in Australia filming “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings” when production was suspended in the early days of COVID-19’s spread, according to the Daily Mail.
“Wanted to make double-sure I was OK to travel before coming back home to the US,” the Golden Globe winner wrote.
As the deadly virus has spread, with New York becoming its epicenter in the US, alleged hate crimes against Asian-Americans have spiked, with victims getting harassed, spit on, and told to “go back to China.”
The New York City Human Rights Commission said earlier this month that it was probing five complaints of coronavirus-fueled acts of racism reported to the agency at the time.
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