Beauty Icon Michelle Phan Fights Back Against Racist Comments Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

OG Beauty influencer Michelle Phan is fighting back against racist slurs being thrown at her amidst the worldwide 2019 Novel Coronavirus scare.

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On Twitter, Michelle shared a screenshot of her reply to a racist comment on her Instagram post which read: “Why do you Asians eat creatures left right and centre???? Dead or alive… all body parts!!!!! That’s why [you’re] starting all sorts of diseases!!!!”

Michelle responded: “Why do you settlers give out smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans, wiping out 95% of their population?”

She then had a reminder for all those who were being racist towards Asians. “90% of everything you own was made in China including your phone. Bye,” she wrote.

Many others started to reply to her second tweet to “stop eating bats and snakes,” which angered Michelle even more. “Why are some of you telling me to go back to eating bats? I’m American you ignorant f***s,” she replied.

“I can’t believe we’re in 2020 and people are still dumb as rocks.

I take that back, I shouldn’t insult rocks,” she added.

Michelle was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Tampa, Florida. Both her parents were Vietnamese refugees. She is regarded as a pioneering Beauty YouTuber but took a long hiatus starting 2016 to deal with “legal troubles” and issues with her self-image. She officially returned to YouTube in September 2019.

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Currently, many Asians are facing racism due to the NCoV outbreak which was first reported from Wuhan, China in December 2019. In the Philippines, the Filipino-Chinese community are also experiencing prejudice because of the scare. Read this article on “What the Filipino-Chinese Community wants the public to know.”

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