Rihanna has joined a host of celebs in the condemnation of the harrowing attacks at three different spas across Georgia, in the USA.
Following the murders of eight victims, Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been charged with multiple counts of murder.
Out of those eight victims, six were women of Asian descent – leading many, including Rihanna, to believe the horrific attacks were racially motivated but police officers have not yet confirmed so.
The eight victims were shot dead at massage parlours in or near the city of Atlanta.
Following the attacks, there has been an outpouring of support on social media for the Asian community as Rihanna shared she is "heartbroken".
The Umbrella singer wrote that the incident is "brutal" but is "certainly not an isolated incident".
Rihanna tweeted: "What happened yesterday in Atlanta was brutal, tragic, and is certainly not an isolated incident by any means.
"AAPI [Asian American and Pacific Islanders] 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 yesterday.
"The hate must stop. #ProtectAAPILives."
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Rihanna also shared a black and white image of a protestor alongside her tweet.
The protestor was holding up a sign in the picture which read: "We came to live the American dream not die as American targets."
Followed by the hashtag "stop Asian hate".
Marvel actress Gemma Chan also condemned the attacks and asked her followers to pay attention to racism.
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Gemma wrote: "Please pay attention to what is happening.
"Racism and misogyny are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sexualised racial harassment and violence is something that many of us face regularly.
"We need to stop the dehumanisation of Asians. We need to stop the scapegoating of Asians for Covid. We need to unite against all forms of hate."
Gemma continued: "Please spread awareness, check in on your Asian friends because we are not ok.. educate yourself and others on the model minority myth and the long history of anti-Asian racism. … Please don’t be silent."
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Star Trek actor George Takei also urged his Twitter followers to speak out against the violence towards Asian people in the USA.
He tweeted: "Whether the killer went in with intent to kill Asian women or he just happened to go to three different Asian establishments, miles apart, with intent to kill those inside doesn’t change the racial nature of these murders.
"The best thing you can do today is to speak out against violence toward Asians in this country, especially if you yourself are not Asian."
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