Biden Bans the Phrase “China Virus” but “UK Variant” is Just Fine
If you’ve ever tried keeping up with the rules liberals have established on what is and what isn’t acceptable behavior, your head would spin. The latest rule was established Tuesday when President Joe Biden banned using the phrase “China virus” along with any other “xenophobic” phrase to describe the origins of the Chi … rather, COVID-19.
Now, while you can’t say “China virus” or “Chinese virus” or “Kung flu” or any other term to indicate the pandemic plague originated in China, using geographic terms to describe the origins of the currently hyped “variants” or mutations of the coronavirus that came from China is completely acceptable.
We’ve heard of several variants recently:
- the UK variant
- the South Africa variant
- the Brazil variant
- the California variant
Again, all those terms are just fine. They’re scientific, really.
But don’t you dare say China virus or Kung flu. That’ll get you canceled in a New York minute (a perfectly acceptable time phrase).
Biden Bans Using the Phrase “China Virus” or “Kung Flu”
In a Memorandum signed by Biden on Tuesday, the President banned using these xenophobic terms. Of course, it’s only xenophobic if it’s about China.
“During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk,” Biden’s memo reads.
How does he ban use of this phrase? That’s the tricky part. Biden’s memo reads as such:
“The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in coordination with the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, consider issuing guidance describing best practices for advancing cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the context of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 response. In developing any such guidance, the Secretary should consider the best practices set forth by public health organizations and experts for mitigating racially discriminatory language in describing the COVID-19 pandemic.”
So, there’s technically no penalty for using this phrase but you’re unlikely to hear anyone from the federal government using the word “China” when referencing the pandemic virus again.
The President says the federal government – basically, Trump – even played a role in fomenting those xenophobic sentiments, writing in his memo, “The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin. Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI persons. These actions defied the best practices and guidelines of public health officials and have caused significant harm to AAPI families and communities that must be addressed.”
Biden, of course, is referencing several news reports from early on in the pandemic which suggest several assaults on Asian-Americans at the time were related to the pandemic virus origins. It’s never been confirmed those attacks were a reaction to the pandemic.
Regardless of the facts, the Biden administration is clearly virtue signaling with this memo. And it’s offensive to not only the people from areas where these new variants of the virus are originating, it’s just offensive to logical people with half a brain.
How can one geographic term to describe a virus’ origin be offensive but another not? What sense does that make? None, of course.
This comes less than a week into Biden’s term as President. It’s going to be a long 4 years.
Coronavirus Variant Name Alternatives
Since it’s obviously not offensive to refer to the geographic origins of the China virus variants, we spent the night coming up with some non-offensive terms to refer to these mutations. Check them out:
- The King’s Cough
- Caucasian Cough
- British Bug
South Africa Variant
- Pretoria Poison
- Bloemfontein Flu
- Brazilian Hacks
- Carnival Croup
- Frisco Fever
- Hang 10-19
We’d like to thank some anonymous wordsmiths for their help in developing some of these names. We’re protecting their privacy so they may continue to enjoy their social media lives according to the Terms of Service.
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