Not all Asian people are Chinese. This is a hard and hilarious lesson that Australia’s Scott Morrison learned last week. Over in the Land Down Under, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison had quite the fumble.
As he walked the streets of Strathfield in Sydney to meet and greet the town folk for his campaign, he seemed to misunderstand what type of cuisine the restaurant he stood in front of served.
Take a look at a clip posted on Twitter by Sky News:
.@ScottMorrisonMP has had his first street walk of his campaign in the inner west Sydney suburb of Strathfield, greeting locals and visiting a restaurant.@annelisenews: There was a bit of confusion about what kind of restaurant he was in.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 13, 2019
Here is text of the exchange for those who prefer to read what happened:
‘MORRISON: HELLO, HOW ARE YOU? NI HAO, HOW ARE YOU?’
WOMAN ON STREET: NO, NO, NO, I’M KOREAN.’
Epic and hilarious fail! After the woman replied, Morrison is seen taking a moment to himself, as if his brain is spinning and wheels are churning as to how he can right his wrong.
“Ni hao” in Chinese translates to “hello.”
Unfortunately and to add insult to the injury, Morrison’s walk caused a bit of “chaos” on the streets. As locals began to realize who the man was, the crowd and moved and walked along with him grew up to around a 30 people. That is quite a crowd of huddled residents who’ve now been converted to witnesses.
It is barely audible, but his response seems to have been “wonderful,” or something along those lines.
Morrison is a liberal-leaning leader, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t human and hasn’t faced his fair share of criticism. Just last month he made news for comments he made on Islamaphobia and also in reference to his “Trumpian” language on asylum seekers.
In short, he had stated in 2011 that he had concerns about “Muslim immigration,” “Muslims in Australia,” and the “inability” of Muslims to integrate into Australian society. Last Thursday, April 11, 2019, Morrison insisted the following:
‘I was the shadow immigration minister at the time and I was very concerned about these issues and the way people were feeling in the community.
‘I was concerned that we needed to address them, which is what I have been doing inside and outside of the parliament for the last 10 years of my life.’
He also added that drudging up the past was only done so as a “disgraceful smear.”
Scott Morrison is up for federal reelection in Australia on May 18.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.