Sunday, February 28, 2021

Year of the Ox's "Viral" Song Gains Traction Amid Rise in Anti-Asian Violence


Violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has been in the news (and here).

Pop culture has condemned the violence.  Not long after the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic in 2020, hip-hop duo Year of the Ox released “Viral”—a track that addresses the rise in anti-Asian crimes linked to the health crisis.  The video includes footage of attacks on Asian Americans at a time when political figures use xenophobic rhetoric in assessing blame for the pandemic. Former president Donald Trump was criticized for calling COVID-19 as the “China virus” and “kung flu.”

Though “Viral” was released nearly a year ago, it received a second wind amid another spike in anti-Asian American hate crimes. Lyricks reshared the video on his Instagram page along with the caption: “Released last year in 2020. Unfortunately the problems are only getting worse. #STOPASIANHATE.”

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