Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, host Bill Maher said China should be blamed for the coronavirus pandemic and criticized those who claim that calling the virus “Chinese” is racist.
“Seriously, it scares me that there are people out there who would rather die from the virus than call it by the wrong name,” Maher stated. “This isn’t about vilifying a culture. This is about facts. This is about life and death. We’re barely four months into this pandemic, and the wet markets in China, the ones where exotic animals are sold and consumed, are already starting to reopen. The PC police say it’s racist to attack any cultural practice that’s different than our own… It’s not racist to point out that eating bats is batshit crazy.”
He added, “We should blame China, not Chinese Americans. But we can’t stop telling the truth because racists get the wrong idea… We can’t afford the luxury anymore of non-judginess towards a country with habits that kill millions of people everywhere.”
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