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Olivia Munn speaks out after virtual event disrupted by anti-Asian images

A virtual gathering of Asian American women, which included actress Olivia Munn, was disturbed by anti-Asian images and sounds that were posted during the event.

More than 100 participants took part in a video call earlier this week to discuss the experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and how to combat anti-Asian hatred. The Asia-Pacific American Women’s National Forum hosted the event.

“While we were organizing a rally of women and AAPI allies on how to end anti-Asian hatred, we were the target of a Zoom bombardment of horrific, violent images and audio. and racists,” Munn said in a post on her Instagram account. . “Although this temporarily disrupted our event, we resumed later as these malicious acts will not stop the conversation.”

The discussion resumed 15 minutes after the meeting was suspended, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum said in a statement. The group said it plans to report the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“It’s no surprise that Zoom bombings can target communities having conversations about racism and misogyny. Even in a space created by us and for us, the very things we were talking about happened while we were talking about it,” Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, said in a statement. “We will not let the hatred directed at us deter us from building our collective power as AAPI women.”

Major cities have reported an increase in hate crimes directed at Asian Americans. In New York, there were 131 incidents in 2021 compared to 28 the previous year, according to the New York Police Department. In San Francisco, the number of hate crimes where the victim was an Asian American or Pacific Islander rose to 60 in 2021, from nine the previous year, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The FBI said it received an increase in complaints about the Zoom bombings as more people turned to video chat services to stay connected during the Covid-19 pandemic. Often, meeting hijackers post pornographic or hateful images and threatening language, according to the FBI.

“We were communing to celebrate, uplift and protect the AAPI community and we were victims of a real-time hate crime,” Ms Munn said. “It was a cowardly and unconscionable act. But to be clear, the conversation will continue…Cheap tactics like these will not stop our quest for equality, fairness and to end Asian hatred.

The “Stop Asian Hate” movement has gained momentum as reports of anti-Asian violence continue to mount. The WSJ speaks with an expert and local organizer about how recent events are mobilizing the Asian-American community to speak out and demand change. Photo: Ben Gray/AP

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Write to Joseph De Avila at [email protected]

Corrections & Amplifications
An earlier version of this article misspelled Olivia Munn’s first name. (Corrected January 26, 2022)

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