Or cross the street without getting run over by a speeding truck?
While the coronavirus epidemic has provided the geniuses of Tinseltown with a whole new reason to hate Donald Trump — namely, his reference to the virus as the “Chinese virus,” which they take to be further proof of his racism — it has also accorded them a chance to lecture the country on things scientific. (RELATED: Martha MacCallum challenges Symone Sanders on why ‘Chinese coronavirus’ is racist)
Exhibit A is actor Daniel Dae Kim, who starred, appropriately, in the TV series “Lost.” Kim recently informed his 434,000 followers on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19. But the purpose of his post was not just to report his bad news. It was also to take a shot at the president. “Yes, I’m Asian. And yes, I have coronavirus,” he wrote, “but I did not get it from China, I got in America, in New York City.”
And despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick and dying. If I did, I would call this thing the New York virus, but that would be silly, right?
Daniel Dae Kim knows all about silly. Scientists have long named viruses for the place where the first cases were diagnosed. This was true of the Hong Kong flu, which killed an estimated million people worldwide in 1968. Ebola, similarly, is named for a river in West Africa.
As for the coronavirus, is Kim unconcerned by reports that China buried evidence of the virus’s origin in the hopes of wriggling out of blame? (RELATED: China lied and people died: Chinese scientists destroyed early coronavirus evidence)
Kim is not the only Hollywood liberal to use the pandemic to make a fool of himself. On Thursday, actor and animator Seth MacFarlane tweeted this:
Gee, if COVID-19 isn’t a hoax after all, is it possible climate change isn’t either? Should we perhaps learn something from this crisis, believe scientists, and avoid getting caught flat-footed next time?
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 19, 2020
Sure it’s possible. But science doesn’t operate on the principle of compromise any more than it does the fatuous notion of consensus. Scientists don’t, for example, say to each other, if you accept my hypothesis A, I’ll accept your hypothesis B, to be named later.
What’s more is that MacFarlane is trading on another Hollywood myth: that Donald Trump at some point called the coronavirus “a hoax.”