5. American Rapper (50cents) refers to Chinese as m*****f**kers and asked Trump if they will be sent back to China
In the United States where there are cases of the coronavirus, the 45 year-old rapper 50cents (a.k.a Curtis James Jackson III) shared multiple instagram posts about the outbreak.
In his post that has since been deleted, he stated
“What da f— is this? Trump gonna send these mother f——- back to china (sic).”
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4. Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s cartoon on improvised China flag
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The cartoon, published on Monday 27th January 2020 shows a provoking cartoon that replaced the yellow stars in China’s national flag with virus particles. This very offensive image is “an insult to China” and has crossed the “ethical boundary of free speech,” the Chinese Embassy in Denmark said the day the article was published.
What is disturbing is the apparent lack of remorse as Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen defends the paper. “We have freedom of expression in Denmark — also to draw,” she said.
On Prophet Muhammad in 2005
Back in 2005, the Danish newspapaer Jyllands-Posten published an offensive cartoon depicting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban. The cartoon offended the Muslim world which led to backlash and protests.
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3. Canadian media CTV journalist’s sarcastic tweet
Peter Akman, who is a journalist with CTV’s program W5, shared a tweeter post that triggered criticisms all over social media. “Hopefully ALL I got today was a haircut,” Akman wrote in the post, tagging a photo of himself and an Asian man in the background.
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He has used the hashtags #CoronaOutbreak and #Coronavirustoronto.
No longer with the company
The post has now been deleted. Bell media has indicated that Akman was no longer with the company. When asked if the tweet was the cause of the departure, Bell media said through a spokesperson that they “do not discuss internal employee matters”
2. German newspaper Der Spiegel
Since its founding in 1946, Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s leading news magazine had its fair share of controversies. However, the latest accusation finds itself accused of anti-Chinese racism as the long standing magazine published an offensive cover on the coronavirus.
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The insulting headline splashed through the magazine’s cover reads “Made in China.” While in the subtitle it states “When globalization becomes a deadly danger.”
1. Wall Street Journal’s use of a century year-old offensive slogan to the Chinese: “Sick man of Asia”
Published on Feb 3 2020, the century year-old slogan was used as a title by Walter Russel Mead. The title has sparked offence and anger within the Chinese community.
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“Sick man of Asia” is a derogatory term used during the late 19th to early 20th century as western forces took advantage of the falling Chinese dynasty. The Japanese, too, commonly used this term during the invasion of China to mock the Chinese government and its people for being weak.
Demand for an apology
A petition has been created to ask for an apology by The Wall Street Journal. The petition criticised Wall Street Journal’s arrogance and poor judgement in editing choices. The demands of the petition include a proper apology from WSJ to the Chinese community as racism “cannot be tolerated”
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