Taiwanese health officials wore pink face masks at a regular press conference in response to complaints that the color sparked bullying in schools.
On a CDC daily presser, a tabloid reporter tells the health officials that a mom said her son refused to wear the pink mask in fear of getting bullied as “it’s not a boy’s color.”
.@MOHW_Taiwan Minister Chen took time out from the regular #Coronavirus briefing to discuss the relevance of his pink medical mask. The big takeaway: No color is exclusive to girls or boys. #GenderEquality lies at the heart of #Taiwan values. pic.twitter.com/jTrsyC8FDf
— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) ?? (@MOFA_Taiwan) April 13, 2020
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who led the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) briefing, said some male students had refused to wear pink face masks to school for fear of being ridiculed by classmates.
With four other officials, Chen said the color of masks did not matter, adding that when he was young he enjoyed watching The Pink Panther cartoon. He stated:
It’s fine for a man to wear pink! and pink is for everyone. Everyone can wear any color of mask. Pink is actually a good color!
The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, who showed her support.
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