Celebrity Reactions to the Tragedy
Actors Simu Liu, George Takei, Ken Jeong, Sherry Cola, Olivia Munn, Akemi Look and Daniel Dae Kim have spoken out after 10 people were killed and 10 others injured following a shooting in Monterey Park on Saturday night.
They are one of many Asian Hollywood personalities mourning the victims of the tragedy, which took place at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on West Garvey Avenue, near the site of a previously held Lunar New Year festival. early in the day. Officials have found no motive for the attack on Monterey Park — a city of 61,000 in the San Gabriel Valley that is 65% Asian-American and 27% Latino.
When asked if the case was being investigated as a hate crime, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said, “It’s all on the table.”
“For those unfamiliar, Monterey Park is a predominantly AAPI county town in LA. It is home to Asian American families, parents, grandparents, siblings, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles. Everyone was looking forward to celebrating the New Year this weekend.” Liu tweetedstar of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”.
“I am shocked, saddened, angry and sorry for the families affected tonight. Use the answers here to post more information as it comes out, along with verified fundraisers for victims. I’d like to give what I can.
Star Trek alum Takei and Crazy Rich Asians actor Jeong also took to Twitter to express their grief and condolences to those directly affected by the violence.
“I just heard the terrible news from Monterey Park, California. An entire community ravaged by gun violence and death in what should have been a joyous Lunar New Year celebration. takei wrote. “A motive is not yet known. But we must take action to end the killers’ ability to brutally take so many lives.”
“My heart goes out to everyone affected in #MontereyPark,” Young wrote. “Disturbed. This has to stop now.
Sunday morning at the Sundance Film Festival, Kim from “Lost” and “New Amsterdam” commented on the incident, encouraging members of the Asian-American community to seek “advice and support.”
According to Deadline, Kim attended the festival to celebrate the launch of the Sunrise Collective — made up of her production company, 3AD, and two organizations that support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities: Gold House and the Asian American Foundation. In a report shared on social networksGold House has confirmed that a relative of one of its employees is “one of the victims” of the Monterey Park shooting.
“It’s something that, in light of celebrations and festivities, is worth mentioning, because that’s what Sunrise House and the Sunrise Collective were founded for,” Kim said at the festival.
“We are here to celebrate our achievements, but also to provide a place of community. And with a tragedy like this, many of our members who work on staff are actually from the area. … This is the core of our raison d’être. … We are here today for our community.
Kim also spoke about the shooting Twitter, write, “Traditional holiday, today is also marked by tragedy. We often talk about the term ‘community’. As important as it is for us to come together in times of celebration, perhaps even more important is to be there for each other in times of loss. …Today, as is all too often the case, my heart goes out to all the victims of gun violence in America, and especially the victims of #MontereyPark.
Another Sundance contestant, Cola, told The Associated Press she cried after learning of the attack in Monterey Park, her hometown. Cola and her castmates began filming ahead of the premiere of their new movie, “Shortcomings,” in Park City, Utah.
“To be honest I cried myself to sleep because this is Monterey Park, California, like where I grew up, 626 San Gabriel Valley,” Cola said. ‘That’s where my Buddhist temple is, you know? Like all my friends I grew up with, they were born in Monterey Park. It is this hometown that I am so proud to call my hometown.
“It’s just a reminder, as we present this film today that celebrates authentic, unashamed AAPI voices in a different way… that we have yet to reclaim our validation as human beings in this country and industry,” she added please. “I think talking about it helps the culture and community move forward. All we can do is show mercy to each other and support each other.
On Instagram, “The Gateway” star Munn and “Moon Manor” actor Look both shared media coverage of the attack and expressed support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
“Incredibly sad,” Munn wrote. “I’m thinking about our #AAPI community.”
“Shocked and devastated by this news,” Look wrote. “To my community: get in touch, don’t be alone in this. Keep your family and friends close. Sending love to everyone who lost someone in the mass shooting last night. Please keep them in your mind.
Others who made public statements after the shooting included fashion designer Prabal Gurung, musician Goh Nakamura and “Little Fires Everywhere” author Celeste Ng.
“I want you all to read until you get triggered, as the entire #aapi community has been for a long time,” gurun wrote:. “I am not just talking about this particular incident. Hateful attacks against the AAPI community have been going on for quite some time. We were constantly triggered and traumatized. Silence and apathy do not help. We talk about it all the time until you all listen to it and watch it and internalize it, because this could be your next community. The directionless winds of hatred see no race. One day they may blow to you.
“I just can’t with this sad, hateful world we live in,” Nakamura wrote:.
“I want to wish you a Happy New Year from the Rabbit. I want to show you the dumplings I made from scratch yesterday. Instead, I’m just in shock. Therapy,” ng wrote. “We don’t ‘know’ if this is a hate crime. But: in an Asia-owned club, during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, in a heavily Asian region, on New Year’s Eve. I’m getting ready, like others said.
Times writers Summer Lin, Jeong Park, Rebecca Ellis, Richard Winton, Libor Jany, Rong-Gong Lin II, Julia Wick, Hayley Smith, Debbie Truong, and Grace Toohey contributed to this report.
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