SNL’s ‘Asian Cast Member’ Bowen Yang Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism

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SNL's 'Asian Cast Member' Bowen Yang Speaks Out Against Anti-Asian Racism


Two years ago, Saturday Night Live added Bowen Yang as the first Asian-born cast member. The comedian has been a vital and hilarious part of the show ever since, but on “Weekend Update” this week he demonstrated why it really matters that he’s there.
“Across the country, rallies are being held to condemn the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes,” Colin Jost told viewers. “Here, to share resources on how you can help, is Asian actor Bowen Yang.”

As these words appeared below him on the screen, Yang asked, “Is this my official title, Asian Cast Member? When Jost reminded him that this was the introduction he asked for, Yang joked, “Yeah, I got your ass ready, that feels good.” ”

“So things for Asians in this country have been really dark for the past two weeks… and every week before that ever since,” Yang added. “But there’s a lot of work to be done and I’ve found articles online with actions anyone can take to help. With that, he shared some very specific memes like “Six Ways to Check Your AAPI Friends and Tell Them They Are So Hot” and “Call your Senators and demand they know the lesbian characters in Sailor Moon!” ”

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