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BREAKING: It's Suddenly Racist to Say 'Wuhan Virus'

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of the novel coronavirus that emerged in 2012 (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via NIH)

Is it racist to announce that you’ve contracted a possibly deadly virus while referring to the virus by the name of the city where it originally broke out? For example, is using the phrase “I’m scared because I just found out I have the Wuhan virus” evidence of racism?

If you said “No,” or “Of course not,” or “What the hell is wrong with you,” that just proves you’re a racist. Granted, everything proves you’re a racist, but that definitely proves it. Anybody who says “Wuhan virus” is now a racist, according to our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press.

Al Jazeera English:

A US congressman’s announcement of his self-quarantine has stirred a debate on social media after he called the new coronavirus as “the Wuhan virus”, referring to the Chinese city where the virus is believed to have originated…

Gosar, a Republican member of Congress, said he is isolating himself after determining he had contact at the Conservative Political Action Conference with a man who had tested positive for coronavirus.

If you wish Rep. Gosar a full and speedy recovery, that just proves you’re a Republican (or a Republican sympathizer) and therefore you’re a racist. What you need to do instead is excoriate Gosar for his obvious racism:

That’s how it works. When a Republican says something, that means it’s racist. Um, it’s called logic, people. Google it.

And of course, now we need to forget about all the news outlets that have been calling it the “Wuhan virus.” Like CNN:

The Economist:

Taiwan News:

Asia Times:

CNN again:

None of that ever happened. Neither did any of this:

Erase all that from your mind, because Media Matters has spoken and now you have your talking points:

“Wuhan virus” wasn’t racist, and then, overnight, it was racist. That’s how it works, you racist. The rules can change at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, and proclaiming your ignorance is no excuse. It’s just further proof of your racism.

You will say the things you’re told to say and avoid saying the things you’re told to avoid, or else you’ll be branded a racist by people who already assume you’re a racist no matter what. If that’s not an incentive to fall in line, I don’t know what is.

P.S. Ted Cruz also announced he was exposed to the virus, but he didn’t call it the “Wuhan virus.” Which, of course, is nothing but a clumsy attempt to hide his obvious racism.