Dutch satirical song about the corona virus outrages local Asian community
There is an online petition against discrimination against Dutch people with an Asian background as a result of the corona virus outbreak. The petition “We are not viruses!” was placed on Saturday and has now been signed around 24,000 times, of which more than 19,000 times in the Netherlands.
The petitioners point out hurtful comments and silly jokes about the corona virus and people with a Chinese or Asian appearance. The reason for the petition is a satirical song from Radio 10 with the title: Prevention is better than the Chinese. The melody of the carnival song We celebrate party is sung among other things that it all comes “by those stink Chinese”.
“Enough is enough”, initiators Vincent Yeers and Hui-Hui Pan write. “Every day we are confronted with so-called ‘jokes’ and statements that are impossible. We too are just people. It is time for us to start the discussion. This affects not only everyone who is Chinese, but also all Dutch people with an Asian background. A disease, a virus, you’re not kidding about that. Would we also laugh if the song were about cancer? ”
They ask the media to take their responsibility and make an appeal to politicians. “We ask politicians to take action to make a plan together with us on how we can break through this image and stereotypes and make a stand against racism and discrimination.”
The initiators also wanted to apologize for Radio 10. Dj Lex Gaarthuis, who was broadcasting the song, has since apologized. He spoke of “an error.”