A woman is being branded as a racist and a “Karen” after refusing to share an elevator with a Black man who seemingly racially insulted her last week.
The incident, which occurred in an apartment building in London, was recorded by local promoter @badguytoba, who says his job is to “film for public property.”
The seven-part video posted on Twitter begins with @badguytoba heading for the elevator and ending up with the “racist Chinese woman” inside.
A sign shows that the elevator allows a maximum of two people as a safety measure against COVID-19. It’s unknown whether the area mandates face masks, however, as neither @badguytoba nor the Asian woman wears one.
@badguytoba snaps back and accuses the woman of lying.
“Now you want to put lies? I said you have corona? You think [if] you have corona, I’ll be in the lift with you? Continue lying.”
The standoff drags on as the woman presses the alarm button. However, she is forced to exit as another woman steps inside.
In his final clip posted on Twitter, @badguytoba, in apparent declaration of his triumph, used the hashtags “#TheVictory,” “#BlackLivesMatter,” “#EndSARS,” “#IWonB**ch,” “#DontTryMe” and “NotInBlackHistoryMonth.”
It’s unclear what @badguytoba meant with “It’s you people that brought corona” and whether he actually claimed that the woman had coronavirus. It’s also unknown whether the woman is of Chinese descent.
Over 2,500 cases of anti-Asian incidents have been recorded in the U.S. since the country was hit by COVID-19. Actions of perpetrators vary from shunning to verbal abuse to physical assault.
As of this writing, all seven clips posted by @badguytoba have received nearly 20,000 views. Some accounts also compiled them into a single video with over 3.3 million views.
People cheered for @badguytoba, slammed the Asian woman as racist and called her names.
One also claimed that Asians have been mistreating Black people since COVID-19 started.
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