As hate crimes against the AAPI community continue to rise, Margaret Cho says she’s fearful to walk the streets.
“I’m scared to go out. As an older Asian woman… it’s hard out there for people like me. It’s really scary,” the 52-year-old actress and comedian told drag queens Monet X Change and Lady Bunny on their “Ebony and Irony” podcast airing Friday.
Her comments come after a man killed eight people — including six Asian women — at three massage parlors around the Atlanta area.
Cho — who was born in San Francisco and now lives in Los Angeles — explained she feels like a “target” and specifically discussed the role white supremacy plays in the relationship between black and Asian minority groups.
“Even though there are instances of black on Asian violence, it’s still because of white supremacy,” she said.
“We’re put together from this idea of the myth of the model minority, and that statement is such a damaging one — to be a model minority — because it makes it seem like other minorities are not the model.”
She added: “It pits us against each other as if our only value is our relationship to the white patriarchy.”
Cho, whose animated Netflix movie “Over The Moon” is up for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars on April 25, is also launching a new podcast, “The Margaret Cho: Mortal Minority” on April 1.
The comedian — who starred in the short-lived TV series “All-American Girl,” becoming the first female East Asian actor to star in a sitcom — previously told Page Six she was so heavily criticized by network execs that by the time the pilot filmed, she had developed kidney failure.
“I am just so glad to have survived and so amazed to have been alive for as long as I have been,” she told us, adding that she doesn’t know any young woman in showbiz in the ’90s that didn’t come out “scarred.”
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