Caroline Marcus dressed her son in a bat costume while she and her husband dressed as 'Wuhan street vendors'.
While Halloween is over, Australian reporter Caroline Marcus’s recent costume referencing COVID-19, a pandemic that originated from Wuhan has faced a lot of criticism on social media, reported Huff Post. Caroline Marcus and her husband Jake Swarts dressed as Wuhan street bat sellers. The Sky News reporter has now made her account private, but some have managed to grab screenshots and the images have now gone viral. She posted photos holding boxes with the sign Wuhan Bats and the Chinese Yuan/Renminbi and Japanese Yen symbol. Their son was also featured in the image dressed as a bat.
Marcus captioned the picture writing, "Because what could seriously be more terrifying in 2020 than a couple of Wuhan street vendors hawking one very edible bat?" coupled with a bat and soup dish emoji. In an Instagram story, she wrote: Sorry, but I don’t think he (the baby) was too happy about being hawked off in our two-for-one, extra good price for you Wuhan special. Our baby is totally cool with it, though, so any takers?" While some thought that the couple was taking a dig at the city where the virus originated, others found the post to be tone-deaf, insensitive, and racist.
Fellow media personalities like Melissa Hoyer and Jacinta Tynan described the post as "the best", others stated that, "This is brilliant (laughing emoji", and "So good (triple laughing emoji)." Yet another chimed in: "You win the prize Caroline Marcus. That's the best (double laughing emoji)." However, there were others who called her a racist.
We need to call her out in a big way.— Viv (she/her) (@itsvivyau) November 13, 2020
A Twitter user wrote, "Can’t stop thinking about @carolinemarcus and her horrible, racist Halloween costume that she roped her infant kids into tbh." Another one added, "This is really disturbing. I hope you'll take a step back and consider how offensive this might be to a particular group of people, during this time when violence is being perpetrated against people of Asian backgrounds because of views like this. As a journalist, I hope you'll take some time to reflect on why this is not cool."
Uggghh thanks. Had pretty much forgot about that Skynews cretin. Seems being away hasn't had a positive effect.🙄— Nathan McKenzie (@NathanMBourkie) November 12, 2020
A third criticized the couple for including their children. They stated, "Can't stop thinking about Caroline Marcus and her horrible, racist Halloween costume that she roped her infant kids into." Jieh-Yung Lo, inaugural director of the Australian National University Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership told HuffPost, "Since the outbreak, Chinese people and people of Asian appearance around the world have experienced verbal abuse and physical assault."
This is not the first time such racism has occurred following the coronavirus outbreak. A Sydney cafe posted an offensive message across its front display board that read: "The coronavirus won’t last long because it was made in China!!!". The owner later apologized after facing a severe backlash. In Melbourne, a nightclub advertised an event as "Corona New Year Special".