Evelyn Yang excoriated the New York Daily News for publishing what she called a “racist disfiguration” of her husband, New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.
The cartoon by Bill Bramhall mocked Yang with the common criticism that he wasn’t enough of a true New Yorker by representing him as a tourist visiting Times Square.
— Bill Bramhall (@Bill Bramhall)1621882342.0
The cartoon was a reference to Yang saying in an interview that Times Square was his favorite subway station, something many New Yorkers saw as an opinion held only by tourists.
“I can’t believe my eyes. To publish this racist disfiguration of @AndrewYang as a tourist, in NYC where I was born, where Andrew has lived for 25 years, where our boys were born, where 16% of us are Asian and anti-Asian hate is up 900%,” she responded.
I can’t believe my eyes. To publish this racist disfiguration of @AndrewYang as a tourist, in NYC where I was born,… https://t.co/pJMpTIplv7
— Evelyn Yang (@Evelyn Yang)1621894025.0
She added a statement from the Asian American and Pacific Islander Victory Alliance denouncing Bramhall’s cartoon and the New York Daily News.
“This is disgusting and wrong. Every single day Asian Americans have to fight the notion that we are foreigners. We are here and we’re not going anywhere. That’s why AAPI representation like @andrewyang is so important,” the group said.
Evelyn Yang continued in a second tweet comparing the cartoon to an overtly racist cartoon depiction of a stereotypical Asian person.
Yang is the frontrunner in the mayoral race but he faces stiff competition from Eric Adams, a Brooklyn borough president and retired cop. Two other candidates in the mayoral race were mocked and ridiculed when they were woefully unprepared to answer what the cost of an average house or apartment is in New York City.
The election for the Democratic primary of the New York City mayoral race will be conducted on June 22.
Here’s the interview where Yang made the Times Square gaffe:
Ziwe with Andrew Yang Ep. 3 Full Interview | ZIWE | SHOWTIME