After Senator David Perdue deliberately mispronounced and mocked Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ name during the general elections, many South Asians took offence and have since rallied online to create a new #MyNameIs campaign video in defiance.
During the general election in October, Senator David Perdue deliberately mispronounced and mocked Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ name. This sparked controversy among the South Asian American community which provided the impetus behind the campaign video.
Deadline reported, in response to Perdue’s deliberately disrespectful behaviour, South Asians and allies rallied to launch the #MyNameIs campaign, which featured actors, media figures and politicians like Hari Kondabolu, Daniel Dae Kim, Ilhan Omar, Ken Jeong, Lea Thompson, Maya Harris and others sharing the origins of their names.
As Georgia’s US. Senate runoff looms, Meena Harris and Brad Jenkins’ Phenomenal Productions and the Indian American Impact Fund (IMPACT) released a new video that is part of series of Georgia voting videos that bolster the #MyNameIs message, mobilise AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) voters and intensify the power of representation.
The video features Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Kal Penn (Kal Penn Approves this Message), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Never Have I Ever), Nik Dodani (Atypical), Punam Patel (Special), Aparna Nancherla (Corporate), and AAPI organizers in Georgia.
Watch the campaign video here: