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Pearl Clutchers Clutch Extra Hard Over Canary Calling It “Chinese Virus”

bill maher chinese virus shortstops dominican republic

bill maher chinese virus shortstops dominican republic

Every once in a while we’ll get a reader who gets the vapors when reading The Canary.

The thing that really causes them to clutch their pearls real tight lately is when we refer to COVID-19 or coronavirus as the Chinese virus.

That’s right. We said Chinese virus.

Are you OK? Need some pearls to clutch?

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Here you go …


So, why do we call it the Chinese virus? Simple. It’s because the virus came from China.

Identifying a virus from its place of origin is not new. It’s not racist or xenophobic or anti-Asian anything.

We’ve done it many times in the past with pandemic viruses. The only difference this time is the woke left trying to control every word that comes out of your mouth.

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And the only thing they’re doing is help spread Chinese propaganda by insisting it be called something else.

You’ll find some people who think they’re very smart talking about the Spanish flu of 1918. But they’ll turn right around and scold you and lecture you for calling this current pandemic virus the Chinese virus.

Here’s a look at some of the most famous pandemic viruses. And no one got all butthurt over these names:

  • Spanish flu
  • Hong Kong flu
  • Ebola virus
  • Zika virus
  • West Nile virus
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • and on and on …

Real Time with Bill Maher – Virus Shaming

You won’t find us sharing too many videos from Bill Maher. But back in April, he nailed this argument and shamed his liberal friends for scolding everyone for calling this the Chinese virus or Wuhan virus.

He asked, “Why should China get a pass?”

Check out this 5-minute video to hear his explanation:

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The winning line from this segment: “Viruses come from China like shortstops come from the Dominican Republic.”

So, if you don’t like us calling it the Chinese virus, go somewhere else.


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  1. Frank G.

    May 27, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I come here every day for my COVID updates and noticed you didn’t start calling it the Chinese virus until April 12, well over a month into this thing. Not a single mention of it before then, then the next day it’s been forced 7 or 8 times into each article since then. I don’t see any harm in the word and I get you’re just doing it to make a statement the same way I used to call it that, but it was a weird statement to make considering at that point you were already a month too late to the “calling it the Chinese virus is edgy” party and both libs and conservatives had already moved on to other stuff to bicker about. Trump himself vowed to stop calling it that 2 weeks before you jumped on board. It’s like if I woke up and just decided to start calling women wenches again. Glad I’m not the only who noticed it though

    • admin

      May 27, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      We stopped doing daily updates when it was clear the state was not being transparent with the numbers. We’re sure it’s been called Chinese virus before April 12. Also, we did a post on whether we should call it coronavirus or Kung Flu. Not trying to be edgy. We actually mix in coronavirus, too. And to be fair, the CNNs and WaPos, et al, were calling it Chinese virus before anyone.

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