Recently, The President of The United States called coronavirus a ‘Chinese virus’ and his comment took social media by storm and was termed as racist. Although yesterday, he defended his statement and said, “It’s not racist at all.” A few days ago, two guys on a bike called out at singer and actor Meiyang Chang and called him coronavirus due to his ethnicity.
Talking about the same with TOI, Meiyang revealed how he wanted to give to these guys but stayed quiet knowing there’s no point to it. “I go for a jog every day near my house in Mumbai. The other day, two guys sped past me on a bike, screaming ‘corona’ and laughing. I wanted to scream back and hurl the choicest of gaalis, but I didn’t see any point in it. How do you punish people for their stupidity or ignorance? Over the years, I have become used to these comments and yes, they are hurtful. I try to move on and be optimistic, but it does affect you.”
He further added, “He added, “Of late, my friends have been teasing me saying, ‘Chang se door raho’. Of course, I know that they don’t mean any harm and there’s no ulterior motive; it’s all in good fun. Trouble starts when random people do it with malicious intent.”
He also spoke about the incident when someone called him coronavirus in his comments section and he blurred their names and shared it on social media. “Just a few days ago, I had complimented a friend on Instagram, but a few guys who had nothing to do with me or her, called me ‘coronavirus’ in the comments section. I took a screenshot of those comments, blurred their names as I don’t believe in public shaming, and shared it on my page. Later, they apologised to me and I let it pass.”
Well, we are all in this together and passing such mean comments on each other is not going to help us. So, act educated and kind.