We previously spoke about the absolutely disgusting racism coming out of Aussies around the coronavirus, and how much anti-Chinese hysteria was being excused and justified on the grounds of people’s fear.
As we’ve stated, anyone using the coronavirus as an excuse to be openly racist and breed anti-Asian sentiments can get fucked.
Unsurprisingly however, it’s not just people online – actual newspapers have been posting glaringly racist and offensive headlines, mostly to do with Asians, in regards to coronavirus. If you’re morbidly curious, here’s the ones we found.
— Shengyin Li (@ShengyinL) January 30, 2020
“China Kids Stay Home”? Are you fucking kidding me? What kind of alienating BS? This headline immediately creates a hostile environment for any Chinese-heritage, or even Asian-looking child, regardless of if they are Australian or not.
Today’s article calling the Coronavirus “Chinese Virus” is full of racism & not acceptable in Australia. Do you dare to call the Ebola virus “Black Virus”? “PANDAmonium”? Shame on you for the cheap joke while innocent people are suffering. #Fakenews journalism. pic.twitter.com/Ppjb8NgKuR
— Traderable.com (@weijiasun84) January 29, 2020
The Herald Sun article goes on to refer to the coronavirus as a “Chinese virus”, making completely appropriate jokes like “panda-monium.” As if people who are affected and dying of this illness don’t matter at all? Imagine if we called BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) “White Virus” because it originated in Europe?
the amount that racism against asians is normalized in society is so fucked up and you can see it with the xenophobic mess that are coronavirus jokes. the deaths of individuals is not a laughing matter, and your blatant racism isn’t funny either.
— maia (@mxmtoon) January 29, 2020
I know we can’t expect much from tabloids, but seriously – an old man died this morning because he was of Asian appearance and so no one would come near him to give CPR in fear of coronavirus. This kind of attitude is literally killing people.
Re: racism and #coronavirus – This is the first time I’ve ever felt physically unsafe in Australia because of my race. I thought we were over this shit but obviously not.
— Yen-Rong Wong | 黃彥蓉 (@inexorablist) January 28, 2020
Obviously, this kind of reporting is downright dangerous – it capitalises upon and grows sinophobic hysteria, and is contributing to the creation of a society that was never particularly friendly to Asian people to begin with.
A woman called Wendy Wong has started a petition calling for The Herald Sun and The Daily Telegraph to apologise for their reporting, calling it “downright offensive and unacceptable race discrimination.”
The petition currently has 43,000 signatures.
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