Fil-Am celebrities, personalities join call to #StopAsianHate in US

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18)— Calls to stop racism and discrimination against Asians in the United States mounted in the past few days, and some Filipino American celebrities and personalities lent their voices to ignite the campaign.

Addressing the Atlanta spa shootings that left eight dead, majority of whom were Asians, actor Darren Criss said on Twitter it is up to the majority to show "strength and defiance" against what he labeled as "monsters."

"I just want to say to my friends out in Atlanta: y'all know as well as I do that the horrible people responsible for these acts do not speak for the city's true beating heart. I know these monsters don't represent you," Criss wrote on his social media page Thursday.

"They are a dying breed of scarred, confused, and angry people. And we have to make them understand there is no place for hatred in any world that seeks peace," he added.

Singer apl.de.ap, who rose to fame for his stint with the band 'Black Eyed Peas', also extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

"Now seems as important a time as any to remind ourselves that we're all in this together," he wrote on Twitter.

Shay Mitchell, a Canadian actress with Filipino heritage, said it is now time to stand up against people who commit these hate crimes.

"How many times do we need to have this conversation before it changes?" Mitchell said on her Instagram page. "Hate is hate is hate is hate. And it is wrong."

NBA player and Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson delivered a short message of support on his Twitter page, as he also shared the "stop the hate" hashtag.

Other Fil-Am celebrities including actress Vanessa Anne Hudgens, singer Nicole Scherzinger, and comedian Jo Koy also took to their respective Instagram stories to share the campaign.

At least eight people were killed after the shootings at three different spas in Atlanta Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Among those who died were six Asians, CNN reported.