| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Rihanna marches in Stop Asian Hate rally in New York: ‘This is what solidarity looks like’

Rihanna took part in a Stop Asian Hate  rally in New York City on Sunday in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

The Barbadian singer’s assistant Tina Truong posted photos from the rally of the singer, who was wearing a face mask.

The singer was carrying a neon green sign that read: “Hate = racism against God!”

Truong carried different signs in the photos, one reading: “Bad day? Call it a hate crime,” and a second that said, “Everybody vs racism.”

Rihanna seemingly tried to go incognito at the march, wearing sunglasses, a black baseball cap, black mask and a black leather jacket and trouser set. She wore her hair down in long braids.

The low-key look seemed to work. Truong shared a video of a funny moment, when a fellow marcher asked the singer for her Instagram handle, to which she obliged, typing in “@badgalriri” on the man’s phone, which prompted him to ask, “That’s you?”.

Truong captioned the video, “When Rih gives you her IG handle but you think she’s trolling”.

A number of Stop Asian Hate marches have been organised around the US in the last month, in the wake of a series of mass shootings at three spas or massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, March 16, leaving eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women.

Truong’s photos of the singer have been well-received by fans on Instagram.

“This is so beautiful! Love to see this,” one fan commented, with another writing: “Love the energy. Thank you for fighting for us.”

This isn’t the first time the Umbrella singer has publicly supported the community. Following the shooting, she tweeted to her 102.6 million followers: “What happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic and is certainly not an isolated incident by any means.

“AAPI hate has been rampantly perpetuated and it’s disgusting! I’m heartbroken for the Asian community and my heart is with the loved ones of those we lost. The hate must stop.”