In the wake of the Atlanta spa shootings that took the lives of eight people (six of who were Asian American and seven of who were women), Ken Jeong has pledged $50,000 to the victims’ families. According to People, Ken gave five $10,000 donations to GoFundMe pages set up for the victims’ families, including those of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Yue, and Xiaojie Tan. On March 22, Ken appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers to further discuss the surge in Asian hate crimes in the US.
“With regard to the situation in Atlanta and the shootings in Atlanta, my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all affected,” Ken said. “It’s just a sign that, with the Asian American community, that enough is enough. We’re just fed up.” Ken went on to cite a report released by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism, which revealed that anti-Asian-American crime has risen 150 percent in the US since March 2020, while overall hate crimes have gone down seven percent. “This is precisely due to weaponizing terms like ‘China Virus’ and ‘Kung Flu,'” Ken added, referencing Donald Trump’s racist and unfounded remark about the geographical origin of COVID-19.