A Dutch radio station has highlighted the perils of doing live comedy after it ran a parody song that linked the coronavirus to eating Chinese food.
The station, Radio 10, was forced to apologise for airing the song called Prevention is better than Chinese on its ‘Late with Lex’ show and have since removed the video from its social media channels.
The song, in Dutch, included the lyrics, “We don’t need the virus in our country, it is all caused by these stinking Chinese people” and “It will be in the fried rice soon. Don’t eat Chinese food.”
Check it out below, but again it’s all in Dutch:
In a statement, the radio station said: “In the show Late with Lex, a sketch was broadcast that was intended as a satirical pick-up on current events and was about the coronavirus. What was meant as satire and joke appears to be experienced as very painful by many. LexRadio 10 and Lex regret this, apologise for this and have now removed the relevant videos from all channels.”
However, the sketch has infuriated Netherlands’ Asian community who have started an online petition called “We are not viruses” while asking for people to take a stand against racism and discrimination.
The DJ who played the song, Lex Gaarthuis (main photo), also issued a personal apology, explaining that the song should have never been aired and the had no intention to spread “racism or hate against anyone”.
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