Belinda Panelo, a former VJ for MTV Asia, was subjected to a xenophobic verbal attack on Tuesday afternoon at a public street in California.
The 44-year-old Filipino American model was walking with her young son to grab some coffee in Playa Vista when a woman began yelling at her, reports KTLA.
The woman’s disturbing rant was captured on video and has become widely shared on social media over the weekend.
“What are you? He doesn’t even look human,” the woman can be heard saying in the now viral clip. “We don’t want you here. This is our street. Leave us alone.”
According to Panelo, before she began recording, the woman reportedly kept asking what racial mix they were and kept calling them “ugly, poor and subhumans.”
“We pay $10,000 a month to keep you out,” the woman said.
Penalo said she was able to keep her cool during the confrontation as she made an effort to show her son how to handle such a situation.
“Because inside, you know, you want to react a certain way, but you’re going to have to, like, keep it together,” she was quoted as saying.
“You’d hope that in a situation that your child would react in a respectful way. Maintaining their dignity, but while still standing up for themselves.”
When they got home, Panelo talked to her son about race and history.
“I will not have one incident make me think that everybody who was in that neighborhood was like that,” she noted. “Because it’s not fair to generalize, and we don’t know if someone is suffering if they have health issues.”
Featured Image via Instagram / @bee_panelo (Left), YouTube / Video Breaking (Right)