Michelle Phan says she's been targeted with racism amid Wuhan coronavirus scare: 'Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I'm American you ignorant f---s'
- Beauty YouTuber and entrepreneur Michelle Phan tweeted Friday about the racist comments she received amid the global coronavirus scare.
- Phan said some people told her to go back to eating bats. She responded that she was born and raised in the United States.
- Since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in December, at least 259 people have died and more than 10,000 have been infected.
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On Friday, beauty YouTuber and Ipsy founder Michelle Phan tweeted her response to racist comments she received amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak spreading across the world.
It started when Phan tweeted, "I snapped," after sharing a picture of a racist Instagram comment she got.
"Why do you Asians eat creatures left right and centre???? Dead or alive... all body parts!!!!! That's why your starting all sorts of diseases!!!!," the person wrote.
Phan responded, "@0011love1100 Why do you settlers give out smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans, wiping out 95% of their population?"
After sharing that first tweet, Phan went on to tweet three more times about the racism she was dealing with.
"I'd like remind the people who've been racist towards Asians because of the coronavirus. 90% of everything you own was made in China including your phone. Bye," she wrote.
Iâ€™d like to remind the people whoâ€™ve been racist towards Asians because of the coronavirus. 90% of everything you own was made in China including your phone. Bye. ??— â„³ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020
Her second tweet reads, "Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I'm American you ignorant f---s." Her last tweet read, "I can't believe we're in 2020 and people are still dumb as rocks. I take that back, I shouldn't insult rocks."
Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? Iâ€™m American you ignorant fucks.— â„³ (@MichellePhan) February 1, 2020
Phan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Tampa, Florida, and her parents were both Vietnamese refugees. The coronavirus, on the other hand, originated in Wuhan, China.
Since the first case of the coronavirus was reported in December, at least 259 people have died and more than 10,000 have been infected. The virus has spread to at least 24 other countries - including the US, which has eight confirmed cases.
On Saturday, a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the man will remain in isolation until he is cleared by public health officials.
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