Late into the evening on Sunday, Feb. 9, also known as the night of Oscars 2020, a.k.a. Hollywood’s biggest night, I waited patiently and anxiously until the very end of it. I desired that someone, even just one celebrity, might want to mention the current crisis in China, happening as they were speaking, but my hopes evanesced as the ceremony came to an end. Soon after, we learned that this year’s 92nd Academy Awards had the lowest ratings in Oscars history, indeed a new low for Hollywood’s biggest night. Sadly, it’s also the new low for humanity, considering that the world’s biggest stars and celebrities used to be our role models, idols, and champions for social justice.

Just over one month ago in January, Australian bushfires made international headlines, as of Jan. 14 2020, the fires took the lives of 34 people and nearly half a billion animals killed. A legion of celebrities took to social media to express their heartbreak, the mention of this environmental crisis featured heavily in many award acceptance speeches, certainly at the Golden Globes ceremony night, multiple celebrities took on the stage and shouted out the victims of the bushfires raging across the country. From Leonardo DiCaprio, Kylie Jenner, to Elton John and many others donated generously (millions) to help bushfire relief efforts.

Unless you are a caveman and live without internet and social media, you might well be aware and have heard of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province in Central China. The virus has already spread rapidly across the country and around the world to almost 30 countries. In addition to the United States, confirmed coronavirus cases have found in Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

This evident double-standard shocked me beyond any words.

According to official accounts, at least 1,000 people have died so far, exceeding the 774 killed by the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 (with just over 8,000 were infected), and more than 40,000 people have allegedly been infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the epidemic a public health emergency of international concern.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that these numbers may only be the “tip of the iceberg.” In a series of tweets overnight, he said: “There’ve been some concerning instances of onward [coronavirus] spread from people with no travel history to China. The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries.”

The degree and seriousness of this coronavirus are so large that several countries, such as the United States and Japan, have evacuated their citizens on flights from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. Listen to this: about a month ago, Mainland China was the world’s third-largest aviation market – flying the most passengers in and out of the country – behind only the U.S. and the U.K. Now? Two-thirds of international flights from China were canceled! Over the weekend, we also heard that three cruise ships with thousands of people were either under quarantine or had passengers being checked for the coronavirus. The U.K. has declared the outbreak of coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health,” in a move that gives the government expanded powers in containing the disease.

If you need a reminder, China has the world’s largest population (with 1.4 billion people) and the world’s second-largest economy with a GDP of $13.6tn (compared with $20.5tn for the U.S.). As we speak, the country is in lockdown mode after the coronavirus outbreak. This deadly virus is so contagious and widespread with no border, so far, no cure has detected effectively yet. The final count of human casualties from this catastrophe is unimaginable and unquantifiable. No doubt, given China’s massive importance to the global economy, the ripple effect “could be choppy and lasting”, claims by the Guardian. Bear in mind that China is also central to a diverse range of global supply chains. Fear factors over the spread of the disease, and, more importantly, the slow down of the global supply chain from Asia, will have a more significant impact over the next few weeks. And what about the stock market? Already started to show signs of losses.

Putting aside for a moment the negative state of economic consequences for any affected sector, the human casualties alone caused by this deadly coronavirus are far more significant and well beyond the recent Australian bushfires. What we are witnessing here is not just a public health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis that no current generations have ever seen before. And yet, no one, not a single celebrity, mentioned this catastrophe on the global stage to offer compassion, solidarity, love, and support for relief efforts??? I can’t help myself and wonder, are Chinese people’s lives worth less than koalas and kangaroos??? I AM SPEECHLESS, SHOOK, AND RAGED BEYOND WORDS. What is even more upsetting and outrageous is that so many times, the Chinese moviegoers and market has saved Hollywood movies that would have bombed in the U.S. domestic market. Anyone in the movie industry would know how utterly important the Chinese Box Office is to them.

Out of my unbearable frustration and rage, the only way I can find relief is to launch the campaign #BoycottHollywood to call out the hypocrisy of the “stardom.” I invoke any soul on this planet who has compassion and love to turn their hearts to the millions (and counting) of people who are helplessly affected by this tragedy.

Coronavirus closes China to the world; let us – the rest of the world show some love. The only comfort I had so far was Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech; he said and referred to his brother’s lyric: “run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow.” May Heaven (God) bless him.

By Caterina Han – All rights reserved.

Caterina Han, the First Asian Impact Influencer, Representation Advocate, Upcoming Author, Founder and Champion of #NewAsianWoman #TimesUpToSpeakUpNow !!!

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