Never one to mince his words, Edison Chen has taken to his socials to criticise the labelling of COVID-19 as a “Chinese Virus”.
In his caption, which was posted all in capital letters — as per Edison’s usual posts — he wrote: “COVID-19 IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM / SO STFU AND STOP BEING RACIST / ITS 2020 YALL”, along with the hashtag “wash the hate”.
This time round, netizens seemed to be less critical of his post, which was totally different from how they reacted to Fala Chen, who suffered a deluge of negative comments following a similar post last week.
Amongst the many other comments in support of Edison’s post, Australian photographer Russell James wrote: "Racism is hate trying to find a reason. Unlike so many of the big social problems we face today the frustration of racism is [so] we could solve it by simply choosing not to be. We will get far more done together without it. And have a whole lot more fun and a better world because of it.”
But there were also a number of detractors, who did not agree with Edison. One netizen even compared Edison to his Infernal Affairs co-star-turned-nemesis, Shawn Yue.
“Turns out, you’re no different from Shawn Yue,” the netizen wrote. Shawn has been in mired controversy after his fashion label was accused of supporting the Hongkong pro-independence movement.