Sandra Oh’s Latest Appearance Is Turning Heads

Actress Sandra Oh appeared at a rally over the weekend. The Grey’s Anatomy alum gave an empowering speech at the “Stop Asian Hate” protest in Pittsburgh, Pa. that was organized in the wake of the Atlanta shootings on March 16 that resulted in the deaths of eight people, six of them Asian women (via CNN).

“Pittsburgh, I am so happy and proud to be here with you, and thank you to all the organizers for organizing this just to give us an opportunity to be together and to stand together and to feel each other,” Oh said at the event (via CBS Pittsburgh). “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’s message inspired the attendees of the rally, who broke into a chant saying, “I am proud to be Asian,”

Many people found Sandra Oh's speech inspiring

The shootings are part of a larger rise of hate crimes that have targeted the Asian American community since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oh’s words also resonated with social media users who shared clips of the speech online. “YES THIS THIS THIS I LOVE SANDRA OH SO MUCH #STOPASIANHATE” wrote one user on Twitter. Another Twitter user referred to Oh as “a force of nature, inspiration, [and] hero.”

Oh also took to Instagram last week to condemn racism, writing, “I send loving kindness and support to the families of the eight souls murdered in Georgia on March 16th. And to all victims of racist violence. I am devastated and profoundly angry. I know many of you are scared, but let us not be afraid.”

In her message, Oh referenced the viral phrase she coined at the 2018 Emmys: “It’s an honor just to be Asian.” She concluded her message, writing, “Let us ALL join together to #stopasianhate.”

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