Actor Lana Condor blasts President Trump for 'Chinese virus' remarks
While the entire world weeps in unison over the countless lives lost due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one very powerful man continues to ascribe the virus to a single nation. US President Donald Trump has received quite a lot of flak for repeatedly referring to the deadly virus as a "Chinese virus." Now, actor Lana Condor has slammed the POTUS for his problematic comments.
The 22-year-old actor, who is of Vietnamese origin, on Wednesday took to Twitter to slam the President for his "racist words" and for allegedly putting the Asian-American community in danger. "How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself. You call yourself a leader?... They [leaders] lead by setting good examples and action," Lana penned in a long note, without naming the President.
Citing an example of Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, Lana appealed Trump to mend his ways for the better. "Please. Be better. So we aren't afraid to leave our house in fear someone will verbally or physically abuse us because of your xenophobia," the actor wrote.
💔 Be better. To wake up to your chaos is truly a nightmare. Please. Be better. 💔 To my followers- be safe. I love you. pic.twitter.com/Okbg735cQC— Lana Condor (@lanacondor) March 18, 2020
President Trump drew massive criticism after he repeatedly referred to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus." He used the reference in a number of tweets. However, despite growing backlash from all corners, the President recently defended his terminology in a press briefing at the White House, by asserting that the virus originated from the Asian country. "It comes from China. That's why," he told reporters.
Lana isn't the only celebrity to call out President Trump for his xenophobic comments. Previously, Katie Leung, known for playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter movie series, lashed out at Trump as she tweeted, "Kiss my chinese a** you absolute racist gobshite." Notably, COVID-19, termed a national emergency in US, has claimed over 9,000 lives around the world and infected more than 2,20,000.