Bill Maher stirred the social media pot with a simple question: “Why should China get a pass?”
Maher asked the question on Friday to underscore the hypocrisy of ignoring the origin of the wet market in Wuhan, China, for 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,” said Maher, hiding a list of spot-named diseases, including MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome ), Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Spanish flu.
“It is not racist to point out that eating bats is crazy,” he said, adding, “We should blame China. Not Chinese Americans. If the sun went down, Twitter would would pile on the first guy who called him a dwarf star. “
“It has nothing to do with Asian Americans. We do not have the luxury of pleasing a country whose habits cause problems. Viruses come from China as 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 Chinese military had deliberately infected this country with a biological weapon, we would be at war with them. It has done a little more damage to our economy than the manipulation of currency.”
Maher’s rant and online reactions: