Awkwafina Speaks Out on the ‘Cruelty’ of Coronavirus Xenophobia and Racism

She is watching "Tiger King" at home.

awkwafina

Awkwafina has updated fans of her whereabouts amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an Instagram post yesterday, the Golden Globe awardee revealed that she had been away working for the past few months, but has now returned to the U.S.

Image via @awkwafina

Pointing out her awareness of the current situation, Awkwafina announced that she will quarantine herself for the next two weeks.

“Have been away working for the past few months in all of this devastation, and wanted to make double sure I was OK to travel before coming back home to the U.S.,” the 31-year-old star wrote. “I will be locking myself up for the next two weeks rewatching the ‘Tiger King.’ Love you all.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on

In her post, Awkwafina shared how the outbreak upsets her, expressing worries for those “most at risk for serious illness, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.” Without describing specifics, however, she also addressed “the rhetoric that has come out of this.”

Apparently, that rhetoric would be the blaming of China for the spread of the virus — a message that has hurt people of Chinese descent in and outside of the U.S. And as reports in recent weeks show, the problem has also affected those of other Asian ethnicities.

 

“I am saddened by the rhetoric that has come out of this, and the cruelty that came as a result. I hope that while we self isolate and socially distance to stay safe, we also stay sane and calm,” Awkwafina urged others.

Multiple Asian American personalities have condemned politicians from the Republican Party — including President Donald Trump — for referring to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the pathogen responsible for COVID-19, as “Chinese coronavirus” or “Chinese virus.” Among them is George Takei, who urged others to ask themselves why Trump uses “Chinese virus” instead of “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” like “the rest of the world.”

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Have been away working for the past few months in all of this devastation, and wanted to make double sure I was OK to travel before coming back home to the US. Haven’t said much about this whole thing because mostly I am just saddened by it. 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. I hope that while we self isolate and socially distance to stay safe, we also stay sane and calm. Wishing everyone a sense of peace during this batshit crazy time – I will be locking myself up for the next 2 weeks rewatching the Tiger King. Love you all ❤️❤️❤️

A post shared by AWKWAFINA (@awkwafina) on

Awkwafina’s post has received more than 183,000 likes, with people wishing her safe and well.

“Love me some @awkwafina glad you’re alright. The world needs a million Awkwafinas to get our smiles back in place,” one commented.

Awkwafina’s “Nora From Queens” airs Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central.

Feature Images via @awkwafina (left) and Comedy Central (right; screenshot)

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com