Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan used the power of social media to expose a newspaper post to trivialize casual racism. Taking to Instagram, Gemma shared a snapshot of the newspaper article on Prince Philip’s funeral which took place recently on April 17. The actress highlights the third paragraph of the article in which Prince Philip’s blunder on Asians was mentioned.
The para called the late Duke an “often grumpy character, offending people with gaffes about slanted eyes, even though we secretly liked them instead.” She shared the photo and criticized the post, writing: “The front page of @thetimes yesterday. The fact that this was written by a reporter who should know better, endorsed by editors and sent to print.”
Gemma added: âIt is deeply irresponsible to trivialize the occasional racism in the most widely read Sunday newspaper at a time when the Asian diaspora is experiencing a wave of attacks. We need more people of color in the newsrooms. Please sign the retraction and apology petition (link in bio) #StopAsianHate #StopESEAHate … Thank you @susiebubble. ”
Sunday Times editor-in-chief Emma Tucker later released a statement apologizing for the media’s language, reportedly.
Several attacks against Asians have seen an upsurge in recent weeks in the United States. Last month, singer Rihanna took part in a âStop Asian Hateâ protest in New York City and showed her solidarity. Celebrities across Hollywood have also spoken about the matter, however, there the outcry is still at its lowest.
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