Alice HowarthSun, 28 March 2021, 10:16 am
Chrissy Teigen has addressed the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the United States during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. The 35-year-old, whose mother is from Thailand, said Politicians “put a target on Asian people’s backs” by referring to Covid-19 as “the China virus”.
“I think we just came out of a long line of politicians that put a target on Asian people’s backs by calling it ‘the China virus,’” she said referring to a phrase repeatedly used by President Trump.
“I automatically think of when my mum’s without me, how do people look at her? How do people treat her? A lot of mothers and fathers are being targeted around the country and it’s so obvious to me what the motive is. It doesn’t seem to be obvious to the politicians out there that are saying, ‘We’re not quite sure of the motive.’ But I think we know what it is.”
Teigen went onto urge viewers to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through donations as well as supporting businesses. “It’s little things like supporting Asian-owned businesses around you, supporting your local Chinatown”.
“I mean these things are disappearing quicker than we know it and soon they’re going to be gone,” Teigen said. “It’s heartbreaking to me.”
This is not the first time Teigen has spoken out against the rise in violence. Taking to Instagram, the mum-of-two shared various resources, created by users @kimsaira and @annie_wu_22, to educate her audience and show how they can help.
In one of her post, Teigen wrote, “I am proud to be Asian American. Always”.