‘The Boys’ star Karen Fukuhara ‘physically fine’ after attack


Karen Fukuhara, who appears on TV show The Boys, said she was “physically fine” after a man attacked her on the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shooting.

On Wednesday, Fukuhara wrote on Instagram that a stranger hit her in the head “out of nowhere” earlier that day as she was walking to a coffee shop. Though the actress rarely speaks about her personal life on public platforms, she said that with anti-Asian hate crimes on the rise, she felt it important to share what happened to her.

It’s unclear where the incident took place, although Fukuhara appeared to be attending the ongoing SXSW Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas, according to her Instagram page on Monday.

“Today I was hit on the head by a man (physically fine) and this has to stop,” Fukuhara wrote. “We women, Asians, the elderly need your help…

“It came out of nowhere. We didn’t make eye contact before, I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. It came to my surprise and my hat flew off. When I looked back, he was only a few feet away from me (he must have kept walking after hitting me).”

Fukuhara was targeted exactly a year after eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were shot dead at three Atlanta-area spas. The tragedy led to increased awareness of the #StopAsianHate movement, which condemns anti-Asian violence that has skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thought about confronting him at first, but he came up to me and I didn’t think it was worth the risk,” Fukuhara continued. “After staring at himself for a few seconds and yelling at me, he finally walked away.

“This is the first time I have been physically harmed, despite a history of racial slurs and hurtful acts directed at me. I’m writing this because I had conversations with my multiracial friends who had no idea that these hate crimes happen to everyday, normal people – people with whom they share meals. I felt it was important to raise awareness.”

Earlier this week, a poll found that two-thirds of Asian Americans in Los Angeles County fear they will be the victim of a racial attack. Of the 1,500 residents of Asian, American and Pacific islands surveyed, 80% said they view anti-Asian racism as a serious issue during the pandemic.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that a man has been charged with attempted murder after punching a 67-year-old Asian woman more than 125 times and calling her an anti-Asian, misogynistic slur in Yonkers.

“Ultimately, I know I got lucky,” Fukuhara wrote on Wednesday. “He could have come back to hit me again. He might have carried a gun. The shock of this experience makes me think about taking self-defense courses.

“But why do we, as ‘victims’, have to think about it? What satisfaction do these abusers get from hitting women, Asians, ELDERLY. They must be held accountable. What can we do as a community to prevent these horrific crimes?”

Fukuhara is one of many entertainment luminaries who have spoken out against anti-Asian racism. Other actors who have used their platforms to denounce the rise in hate crimes include Gemma Chan, Ken Jeong, Simu Liu, Olivia Munn and Daniel Dae Kim.

“I’m so grateful you’re safe,” commented The Gateway star Munn Fukuhara’s post.

“Thank you for sharing your story and I’m glad you’re safe,” The Hot Zone: Anthrax star Kim replied.

Several cast members of “The Boys” also sent messages of love and support to their co-star via Instagram. In the Amazon series about the superhero industrial complex, Fukuhara plays the powerful superhuman Kimiko Miyashiro.

“F that person!!” said Chace Crawford, who plays the Deep on the show. “I hope you’re okay, this is terrible.”

“Thanks Karen for sharing your experience,” wrote Jack Quaid, who plays Hughie Campbell. “I’m so sorry this happened to you. Loving You. Here if you need anything.”

Jessie T. Usher, who plays A-Train in the gritty action series, urged anyone who “knows who is out here committing these crimes” to “point it out,” while Karl Urban, who plays Billy Butcher, is “deeply saddened.” was hearing” about Fukuhara’s ordeal.

“I’m glad you’re okay,” Urban added. “Seriously WTF!! Those anti-Asian xenophobic cops – gotta…stop!!!”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-03-17/karen-fukuhara-attacked-the-boys-stop-asian-hate ‘The Boys’ star Karen Fukuhara ‘physically fine’ after attack

Caroline Bleakley

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