Sandra Oh Implores Attendees at Pittsburgh AAPI Rally: 'If You See Something, Will You Help Us?'
Actress Sandra Oh stopped by a Stop AAPI Hate rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday with a very important message.
“For many of us in our community, this is the first time we are even able to voice our fear and our anger, and I really am so grateful to everyone willing to listen,” Oh says in a video that’s been making the rounds on social media. “One thing that I know is that many in our community are very scared, and I understand that. And one way to go through our fear is to reach out to our community.”
“To everyone here… I will challenge everyone here, if you see something, will you help me? If you see one of our sisters and brothers in need, will you help us?”
The crowd responded “Yes!,” before Oh continued: “We must understand, as Asian Americans, we just need to reach out our hand to our sisters and brothers and say, ‘Help me and I’m here.” She added: “I am proud to be Asian! I belong here!”
Actress Sandra Oh speaks during the Stop Asian Hate rally in Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/Bgels4hNio
Oh has long been an outspoken advocate for her community, especially within the entertainment industry.
In 2019, she hosted the Golden Globes, where she thanked her parents, in both English and Korean, for all they had done for her.
“My parents are amazing people and internet sensations,” she said backstage at the Globes. “They’re so happy and it’s just the kind of thing that, for Asian kids, to actually make our parents happy is so fulfilling. I’m just so grateful that they were here and able to come.”
Before walking the red carpet that night, Oh tweeted a photo of herself with her family members, who were all wearing shirts that said, “It’s an honor just to be Asian,” a callback to what she said on camera at the 2018 Emmys.
Oh’s call for support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community follows the attack on three Atlanta-area spas last week, where Robert Aaron Long killed eight people—six of them Asian women.
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