Actress Karen Fukuhara, who stars in Amazon’s anti-superhero hit, “The Boys,” was physically targeted in a hate crime over her race on Wednesday.
“Today I was struck in the head by a man (I’m physically fine) & this s–t needs to stop. Us women, Asians, the elderly need your help,” she revealed in a three slide Instagram post. “I rarely share about my private life. But something happened today that I thought was important.”
Fukuhara, 30, was entering a cafe to pick up a coffee, when a man struck her in the back of the head.
“It came out of nowhere. We made no eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary,” she explained.
The “Suicide Squad” star’s hat flew off, and the man was a few feet away from her when she turned around.
“I thought about confronting him first, but he started coming towards me and I didn’t think it was worth the risk,” she continued, noting that the pair stared at each other for a few seconds, before he yelled at her and stalked off.
In the next slide, she detailed that the event was the first time she had been “harmed physically,” though has experienced racial slurs and hurtful actions that were directed towards her in the past.
“I write this, because I’ve had conversations with multi-racial friends of mine who have no idea these hate crimes happen everyday, regular people – people that they share meals with,” Fukuhara added. “I felt it was important to raise awareness.”
The actress said she knows she got lucky and the man could have attacked her again, or have been carrying a weapon. In the aftermath, she is considering taking self defense classes, but questioned why self-protection is something victims are forced to think about.
“What satisfaction are these perpetrators getting from hitting women, Asians, the ELDERLY?” Fukuhara concluded. “They need to be held accountable. What can we do as a community to prevent these horrible crimes?”
Her co-stars from “The Boys” were all sickened by the attack. “I’m sorry and deeply saddened to hear this, glad your [sic] ok,” commented series star Karl Urban. “Seriously WTF!! This anti Asian xenophobic bulls–t has got to fckn stop !!!”
“F this person!! Hope you’re ok, this is awful.” concurred Chace Crawford.