'To All the Boys' star Lana Candor appears to call out Trump after he refuses to stop saying 'Chinese virus' when referring to the coronavirus
- "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" star Lana Condor shared a powerful message about racism and harassment targeting Asian-Americans to Twitter on Wednesday.
- "You have no idea the ramifications your racist words and actions have on the Asian American community," Condor wrote, adding, "You simply cannot even fathom the danger you are putting our community in."
- Her comments come after President Donald Trump defended his decision to refer to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," and as hate crimes against Asian-Americans are on the rise in the United States.
- "You call yourself a leader? You know what leaders do? They LEAD by setting good examples and ACTION," the actress wrote in a seeming response to Trump.
- Condor also urged her followers to "be safe," and told would-be racists to "be better."
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Actress Lana Condor shared a message to her followers about racism and discrimination against Asian-Americans to Twitter on Wednesday.
"You have no idea the ramifications your racist words and actions have on the Asian American community," Condor wrote in a screenshotted Notes app message, adding, "You simply cannot even fathom the danger you are putting our community in."
Condor was seemingly addressing the bulk of her message to President Donald Trump, who defended his decision to (erroneously) refer to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" on Wednesday. When asked by a reporter why he continues to use the loaded term (which the CDC advises against), Trump said it wasn't racist since China is where the virus originated.
"Because it comes from China," Trump said in response to the reporter's question. "It's not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China. That's why. It comes from China."
According to the president, he uses the term "Chinese virus" as a way of countering allegations that the US military was responsible for the spread of the illness in China.
"As you know, China tried to say, at one point — maybe they stopped now — that it was caused by American soldiers," Trump said. "That can't happen. It's not gonna happen, not as long as I'm president. It comes from China."
The World Health Organization has urged people not to use other terms such as "Wuhan virus," "Chinese virus" or "Asian virus."
Watchdog groups have documented racist attacks toward people of Asian descent amid the outbreak, which Trump also dismissed during the press briefing when asked by PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor whether he could understand why terms like "Kung Flu" and "Chinese virus" could bring harm to Asian-American communities.
"How dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself," the "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" actress wrote in her Note.
"You call yourself a leader? You know what leaders do? They LEAD by setting good examples and ACTION," she continued.
Her full note is transcribed below:
"Be better," the star wrote in her accompanying Twitter message. "To wake up to your chaos is truly a nightmare. Please. Be better." She also urged her followers to stay safe.
The star's message comes after crimes against Asian-Americans, who are mistakenly viewed by some as being "responsible" for the coronavirus pandemic, are continuing to rise as the virus spreads — with attacks in places like New York City and London now being viewed as hate crimes.
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