Celebrities Bash Trump’s Racist Term For COVID-19
It’s no secret that as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 spreads across the globe, attacks (both verbal and physical) on members of the Asian community has escalated. And although its specific origins are unknown, the first cases were detected in China before spreading all over the world. Now, people are projecting their hatred and anger for the pandemic and have lashed out against the Asian community in many parts of the world. And it appears that a controversial and powerful figure has (unwittingly) joined in on the ongoing acts of racism.
In a series of Tweets, US President Donald Trump makes reference to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus”.
I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
In response, the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” star (of Vietnamese origin but raised in Chicago) put Trump on blast in a lengthy post on Twitter. She called his response to the pandemic an endangerment to Asian Americans. Condor Tweeted,
💔 Be better. To wake up to your chaos is truly a nightmare. Please. Be better. 💔 To my followers- be safe. I love you. pic.twitter.com/Okbg735cQC
— Lana Condor (@lanacondor) March 18, 2020
Why does it matter that he is calling it that? Condor makes a point that, with his position as the President of a country, he is setting the example for everyone else. Trump was voted the 3rd most powerful person in the world in 2019, as listed by Forbes. And the repercussions of calling it the “Chinese Virus” instead? Almost immediate.
When asked by a reporter why he kept using the term – which the CDC advises against – and whether he thought it was racist, Trump insisted it was not. “Because it comes from China,” Trump said. “It’s not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China.” People are not having it.
Condor is not the only celebrity calling him out.
Joey King, who has appeared in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), The Conjuring (2013), White House Down (2013), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Wish Upon (2017), The Kissing Booth (2018), and Slender Man (2018) said,
This virus is not an excuse for racism. You do not get to call it a “Chinese virus” or a “China virus” that’s verbal abuse to Chinese people across the globe. It is called Covid-19 or coronavirus. Those are the medical terms for this virus. And that’s all we should be calling it
— Joey King (@JoeyKing) March 18, 2020
“Avengers” star Don Cheadle also weighed in –
chinese virus, huh? wow. still. aren't you feeling like you're in over your head yet? no? https://t.co/lJqjfwgAuN
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) March 17, 2020
And Chloe Bennet (Daisy Johnson on the television series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) took to Instagram to highlight the issue,
This comes at a time of crisis, as the world battles the pandemic that is COVID-19. As of the 18th of March, the number of confirmed cases stands at 191,127 and the death toll at 7,807, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). And while priority should be placed on making sure the spread of the virus is curbed, adequate medical supplies are available, a cure is found and that it is safe for everyone to leave their homes again, it is equally important that we stand together and support one another. Stay home, take care of one another and stay up to date with the news. Let’s not let the virus, fear, panic, fake news or hatred spread.