- New York City community activist Grace Lee called out ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” on Twitter after the primetime program misidentified her as the late Michelle Go.
- Grace appeared in coverage of a vigil for Christina Yuna Lee, a woman stabbed to death in her Chinatown apartment on Sunday morning.
- The mother-of-three, who is also running for the New York State Assembly, described the mistake as “harmful” and contended that it “further invisibilizes Asian women.”
- Twitter users supported Grace and criticized ABC, with some accusing the network of racism and speculating that the error was intentional.
An Asian American community activist in New York City is calling out ABC on Twitter after the network mistook her for the late Michelle Go on primetime TV.
Grace Lee spoke to ABC News correspondent Erielle Reshef on Monday morning at a vigil for Christina Yuna Lee, a woman stabbed to death in her Chinatown apartment the day before.
The incident is the latest in a string of attacks against Asian Americans in New York. Just a month ago, Go was shoved in front of an oncoming train at the Times Square subway station, sparking outrage and demands for heightened security measures in the city.
Assamad Nash, the suspect in Christina’s killing, has been charged with murder, but not as a hate crime.
Grace, who is running to represent District 65 in the State Assembly, said in her ABC interview, now private on YouTube, that Nash’s arrest does not reduce the community’s fears.
“That does not diminish the fear — the real fear — that we as Asians, as Asian women especially, are feeling,” Grace told Reshef.
Reshef concluded her coverage by referring back to David Muir, who leads the “World News Tonight” program. However, the story aired on “News Live Prime” with Linsey Davis.
To Grace’s shock, the program identified her as “Michelle Go.”
“@ABCWorldNews, my name is Grace Lee. I am a community activist. Michelle Go was an Asian woman who was brutally murdered last month. I was at a vigil today for Christina Yuna Lee. Your mistake is harmful and further invisibilizes Asian women,” Grace wrote, tagging Muir’s Twitter page.
It’s unclear how the error came to be and exactly which program was responsible. Regardless of the details, Twitter users criticized ABC, with some accusing the network of racism and speculating that it was intentional.
An honest mistake? IMPOSSIBLE! Has to be racism! 🙄
— ❌att Davis (@MrMattD2) February 15, 2022
An official apology is in order.
— Keiko Sono (@keiko_sono) February 15, 2022
— emmy ✨ (@yesitsemmyy) February 15, 2022
They probably did this on purpose tbh
— Kryptonite lock to the face 정 (@Tellythecairn) February 15, 2022
I randomly had my TV on ABC when that was broadcast and thought “What?!!!”. I am so sorry you were so callously misidentified in a story that should have been about visibility and social justice. Not mainstream media amplifying the problem.
— Cristin O’Keeffe (@Aspasia_1) February 15, 2022
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and Evelyn Yang also reacted to the network’s mistake:
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) February 15, 2022
— Evelyn Yang (@EvelynYang) February 15, 2022
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