International superstar and all-around, great guy Donnie Yen has chimed in on the United Airlines fiasco involving Vietnamese-American Dr. David Dao, calling it “uncivilized” and an “injustice”.
The “Ip Man” and “Rogue One” actor recounted on Facebook a conversation that he had with his 9-year-old son who apparently watched the news of 69-year-old Dao getting dragged off the overbooked United flight on TV.
“My nine years old son saw this news on tv and was horrified, ‘Baba, what happened?’” Yen starts off in his post.
He then tries to find the right response to his child’s question and thinks carefully about how an elderly man ended up being treated “like trash”.
“How do you teach your children of such uncivilized, injustice, discriminated, publicly and proudly assaulted a 69 year old man, treating him like trash. No one should be treated this way. This is unacceptable and need to be condemn. United was never my choice of airline, now they are black listed,” Yen wrote.
The post has gained more than 23,000 reactions on Facebook since it was first posted on Tuesday.
Yen joins a long line of Chinese celebrities who have criticized United Airlines’ treatment of Dao.
Richard Liu, CEO of JD.com, said on Tuesday that it reminded him of the “three times” he had to deal with a “nightmare” experience while on a United flight.
“I can say this [responsibly]: UA’s service is absolutely the world’s worst,” Liu wrote in Chinese, according to Fortune.
Gao Xiaosong, a famous musician, reportedly said on Weibo that on “United Airlines from the ground to the air, the arrogance of the service is heinous.”
Xiaosong added that he had experienced the “heinous” service “twice” a couple of years ago, and has not booked a United flight since then.
The United incident involving Dao was the most talked about topic on Weibo on Tuesday, with nearly 500 million views, and an added 250 million and counting on Wednesday.