The actress Karen Fukuhara, whom you will recognize as Kimiko Miyashiro in ‘The Boys’ and Katana in ‘Suicide Squad’, He has denounced on his social networks having received a hate attack in the middle of the street. In her latest post on Instagram, the actress recounts that while she was leaving a cafeteria a man hit her in the back of the head: “It came out of nowhere”says the text, “We didn’t have any prior eye contact, he wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary. He took me by surprise and my hat went off. By the time I looked behind me, he was already a few steps away (he must have kept walking after hitting me). “.
“Women, Asian people and the elderly need your help”
Fukuhara assures that although it is the first time that she has been physically assaulted, “Racist insults and offensive acts I have suffered directly before. I am writing this because I have had conversations with multiracial friends who had no idea that these hate crimes happen to ordinary people, people they share meals with. I think it’s important to raise awareness.” Using the hashtag #StopAsianHate (enough hate for the Asian community), the actress says she thought about confronting her assailant, but when she saw that he intended to come back at her, she decided not to run. risk: “After a few seconds of looking at each other while he screamed, he finally left. Ultimately, I know I got lucky. He could have turned to hit me again. He could have carried a gun.”
After the experience, Fukuhara says he has considered taking self-defense classes, “But why is this something we victims should consider?”, wonders “What satisfaction can these perpetrators get from hitting women, Asians and the elderly? They need to be held accountable. What can we do as a community to prevent these horrible crimes?” In the United States, as a result of the coronavirus, racist attacks against Asian people have increased, but the problem is longstanding. According to a study by the coalition Stop AAPI HateBetween March 2020 and February 2021, 3,795 hate crimes against the Asian community were recorded in the country and women are 2.3% more likely to be attacked than men.
In Fukuhara’s post you can read responses from some of his co-stars in the Amazon series. For example Chace Crawford writes “Fuck this person. I hope you’re okay. It’s horrible.”and Jack Quaid adds: “Karen, thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry this happened to you. I love you, I’m here if you need anything.” There are also messages from Olivia Munn and Jamie Chung among others.