Actor Ludi Lin becomes legendary Shaolin warrior Liu Kang in next month's Mortal Kombat movie, but before he defends Earthrealm from the supernatural threat of Outworld -- he's taking on the real world challenge of racial discrimination & violence, with WarnerMedia. Watch:
The #StopAsianHate public service message features an assortment of prominent Asian WarnerMedia personalities, including AT&T CEO Anne Chow, the Liu Kang actor, and celebrated artist turned DC Comics Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, Jim Lee, who is best known to Mortal Kombat fans for his Injustice designs for Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Raiden.
The message is a response to a surge in hate crimes over the last year in the United States. Along with the message to stop discrimination, WarnerMedia has reportedly committed $7 million dollars to community outreach programs. The PSA includes ways the public can contribute to the Asian American Chamber of Commerce and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Fellow Mortal Kombat star Lewis Tan recently auctioned a photographic print to raise money for the cause, echoing sentiments of support shared by Kung Lao actor Max Huang.
Mortal Kombat co-creator and Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios, Ed Boon, has also leant his support via social media, sharing the corporate Twitter post with the hashtag ##StopAsianHate. He urged fans to "Stop & ReTweet".
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Mortal Kombat boasts an authentic Asian cast, including Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, and Chin Han as Shang Tsung. The movie is officially released in theatres April 16th with same-day HBO Max streaming in the United States.