Bill Maher has stirred the social media pot with a simple question: “Why should China get a pass?”
Maher posed that question Friday to point out the hypocrisy of ignoring the Wuhan, China wet market origin of the coronavirus when so many diseases are named after places.
“There are people who would rather die from the virus than call it by the wrong name,” Maher said, reeling off a list of diseases that were named after spots, including MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,) Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and the Spanish flu.
“It’s not racist to point out that eating bats is batshit crazy,” he said, adding, “We should blame China. Not Chinese Americans. If the sun was exploding, Twitter would pile on the first guy who called it a dwarf star.”
“This has nothing to do with Asian-Americans. We don’t have the luxury of indulging a country whose habits cause problems. Viruses come from China like shortstops come from the Dominican Republic.”
He concluded by calling on China to use its dictatorial powers to finally close its wet markets.”If the China military had purposely infected this country with a bioweapon, we’d be at war with them. This one hurt our economy a little more than the currency manipulation.”
Maher’s rant and the online reactions:
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