Former world number one Naomi Osaka stood up on Twitter on behalf of the Asian community, asking for people around the world, be it politicians like Donald Trump or simple protesters, to stop accusing and punishing Oriental people just because the coronavirus originated in Wuhan.
Osaka has shown support both for the Asian and the black communities ever since George Floyd’s death occurred. Nevertheless, racist words can still be heard on the streets and with COVID cases rising every day, the situation is not heading in the right direction, especially as US President Donald Trump only makes things worse.
In a recent campaign rally in Oklahoma, Trump continued to diminish the danger imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. “By the way, it's a disease that, without question, has more names than any disease in history,” he said.
“I can name ‘kung flu’. I can name 19 different versions of them. Many call it a virus, which it is. Many call it a flu. What is the difference?” Hence, Naomi Osaka, who was born from a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, decided to raise her voice on Twitter.
“But...but hear me out. Stop bullying the Asian community in regards to COVID,” Osaka tweeted on Saturday.
But...but hear me out. Stop bullying the Asian community in regards to covid 🧚🏾✨😊💅❤️ — NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) July 10, 2020
Naomi Osaka and her sister sold masks to help the COVID-19 relief effort
If you thought that Osaka is just talk, at the start of July, the Grand Slam champion designed a face mask along with her sister Mari Osaka, the two Japanese young ladies revealed in an interview to Vogue magazine.
The initiative aimed to raise money for UNICEF's COVID-19 relief efforts. “I was seeing everyone in the U.S. wearing the same medical mask, and I remember in Japan even before this whole situation happened, everyone was wearing masks and they were quite fashionable.
So I wanted to release a mask that wasn’t just for protection, but could also be used as a fashion statement,” Osaka told Vogue. The face masks sold out rapidly and, consequently, Naomi Osaka announced she will do another launch.
"Hey everyone so the masks sold out. I’m currently working on another launch geared towards international customers, (meaning everyone outside Japan), because I saw there was some confusion on how to order. Thanks, guys, love you. I’ll keep you updated," Osaka tweeted on July 8th.