The ongoing virus outbreak has sent the world into a frenzy and translated into a soaring “anti-Asian sentiment” worldwide.
American rapper Kash Doll’s recent post of Disney Princesses on Instagram highlights this trend.
All princesses except Mulan are wearing face masks which many online have decried as being utterly racist.
The meme shows Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Jasmine wearing face masks, leaving Mulan with a broad smile on her face. The words, “Sorry ‘MULAN’ but we never know,” were written on the picture.
Although Kash Doll seemed to be merely describing a scene at the airport, many users pointed out that it was incredibly insensitive as it insinuates all Asians carry the virus and don’t cooperate with wearing face masks.
The backlash eventually reached the singer as the post has since been deleted from her feed. However, the screenshot of the meme is still circulating on Twitter, and many users were quick to condemn that as a person of color (POC), she should know better.
As the Wuhan virus outbreak originated in China, many attributed the epidemic to the country’s habit of eating exotic foods.
Deemed as the source of the virus, Chinese people became subject to discrimination and mockery.
A Danish artist created an illustration that was also controversial when he replaced the stars on the People’s Republic of China flag with drawings of the virus.
Many restaurants in Japan, S. Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the U.S. also put up signs that said “No Chinese allowed.”
People in Singapore and Malaysia even signed a petition to ask their respective governments to ban Chinese people from entering the country.
As the virus continues to spread, more tolerance and care may be needed to get through this challenging period.