The coronavirus pandemic, officially known as the COVID-19, is quickly infecting communities outside of mainland China, in particular Europe and Northern America. The San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California has already ordered its counties to have a “shelter in place” lockdown—the country’s most draconian-like measures of containing the coronavirus since the outbreak—with the possibility of New York following suit very soon.
On March 16th, President Donald Trump tweeted out a controversial statement that had upset many communities. He stated, “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”
Using the term “Chinese Virus” to describe COVID-19, the president’s tweet had sparked widespread anger among local and international communities, with many referring the tweet as intentionally racist. Many online communities and national entities have publicly denounced the tweet. Celebrities have also followed suit, including former TVB actress Fala Chen (陳法拉), who is a naturalized American citizen. She shared the tweet on her Instagram story and said, “Why does he have even the energy to make up s*** like that when we have so much to deal with and heal from?” She then added, “This is intentional,” with the hashtag “racist.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.