“We’re not just one thing, obviously. Being Asian is much more than that, ”said the Queer eye star at the start of the video.
“Asians deserve better than the erasure, caricatures and stereotypes perpetuated by the entertainment industry,” the Netflix caption read for the same video uploaded to the platform’s YouTube channel. Sharing the same video on its social media channels, the streaming site said, “We are brave, we are strong, we are more than a stereotype. Our stories have no borders. Today and every day, celebrate who we are. “
The video talks about the treatment of Asians on screen and in Western society in general. They complain about how Asians are reduced to “clichés” and how easier it is to “hurt someone who is not real”.
Other familiar faces that appear in the video include Daniel Dae Kim, Ashley Park, Ramona Young, Lana Condor, Justin H Min, Ronny Chieng, Jimmy O. Yang, Leah Lewis, Jessie Mei Li, Jo Koy and Punam Patel.
France has been very vocal in its support against racism, colourism and Islamophobia – issues that plague the lives of Asians in the West.
The best part of the video is the note it ends on, saying, “Leave your shoes at the door. You’ve been walking in shit all day and we don’t want that in the house! “
Hate crimes against Asians in the United States are on the rise in the pandemic. Late last year, a UN report was released detailing “an alarming level” of racially motivated violence and hate crimes against the Asian American community. In response to racism against Asian Americans during the pandemic, a nonprofit organization called Stop AAPI Hate was formed in 2020. It operates a reporting center to track and record hate crimes against Americans Asian and Pacific Island communities in the US.
In a press release, Stop AAPI Hate said last year it received more than 2,800 reports of hate incidents directed against Asian Americans across the country.