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Olivia Munn says she experienced 'Zoombombing' during call with AAPI community members

“We were communing to celebrate, elevate and protect the AAPI community," she wrote on Instagram, calling the Zoombombing a "cowardly and unconscionable act."
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Olivia Munn at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 3, 2018. Danny Moloshok / Reuters file

Olivia Munn said she experienced "Zoombombing" during a virtual seminar she hosted for members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, community.

Zoombombing is a form of online harassment in which someone hijacks a group video call to show something inappropriate or unexpected. The offensive intrusions became more common as many gatherings moved online after the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Munn said the Zoombombing occurred while she was on a call with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the Asian American beauty brand Cocokind to discuss how to mitigate and address violence toward the AAPI community.

"It was a cowardly and unconscionable act,” Munn wrote on Instagram.

“While it momentarily disrupted our event, we later resumed because these malicious acts will not stop the conversation. We were communing to celebrate, elevate and protect the AAPI community and we were subjected to a hate crime in real time,” she wrote.

“Cheap tactics like these won’t stop our quest for equality, equity, and to stop Asian hate," she wrote.

The incident will be reported to the FBI, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and Cocokind wrote recently on Instagram. A spokesperson for the FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Munn is one of several celebrities who have spoken out against the wave of anti-Asian violent attacks.

Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by more than 73 percent in 2020, according to corrected data the FBI released in October. That was a disproportionate rise compared to hate crimes in general, which rose by 13 percent.

The death of Michelle Go after she was shoved in front of an oncoming train in New York City this month left the Asian American community feeling a sense of tragic loss.