Was just a matter of time before the nationalistic sentiment on the streets of Hong Kong spilled over into daily life, right?
Posted yesterday, this Sina video depicts a young Hong Kong man with a Bruno Mars hairstyle cursing out a mainland woman and her daughter on the subway.
Judging by that description alone, you wouldn’t be surprised if I told you it’s been watched more than 1 million times, would you?
The young man accuses the young child’s hand of “moving around” too much. “Done fucking playing?” he says (the swear is bleeped out).
The mother, rightfully, gets angry: “Little child bumps into you, can’t you gently tell her? You open your mouth and it’s ‘fuck your mother.’”
“So leave,” the man says.
“What does me leaving have anything to do with anything?”
“You can’t even fucking speak Cantonese, and you try to say ‘fuck your mother.’”
At this point, the young child has pulled her shirt collar over her ears and appears ready to cry. A voiceover comes on, addressing the young man: “Dude, you’ve gone overboard…” Later, the voiceover, some godly shred of sanity, chides, ”You’re only being mean because they’re obviously from China.”
This, people, is why nationalism is dangerous. In the wrong idiot’s hands, it’s always just a small spark away from morphing into prejudice and, apparently, cursing at a young child.
Don’t be an idiot — whoever and wherever you are out there.