“Tu Corona Hai!” New Zealand YouTuber, Who Donated Plasma, Faces Racist Attack


“Tu Corona Hai!” New Zealand YouTuber, Who Donated Plasma, Faces Racist Attack

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

New Zealand Vlogger Karl Rock has made a name for himself in our country, after settling down in Gurugram, and creating walkthrough videos in most states of the country. He speaks fluent Hindi, introduces his nearly one million followers on YouTube to our rich culture, and often debunks myths surrounding our country.

During a shoot in July, however, at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, Rock experienced a bit of the reality of this country as well. A labourer who happened to be walking past the vlogger, decided to stop and hurl abuses at him, in the middle of his piece to camera.

“Tu corona hai,” the man tells Rock, before hurling a series of expletives at him, and telling him foreigners aren’t welcome. The labourer also apparently complains about the lack of work in the market due to the lockdown before asking Rock to leave. Rock, to his credit, fights back for a minute, in fluent Hindi, before walking away from the confrontation.

It’s also worth noting that of the two men, only Rock was wearing a mask.

A clip of the confrontation was shared widely on social media in the last couple of days with many appalled at the behaviour of the labourer. A number of the comments on the YouTube video also spoke about Karl’s contribution to India in his role as an ambassador.

Just last month, Rock had made headlines after donating plasma at a Delhi blood bank to help Covid-19 infected patients. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had shared the video on Twitter, saying it would encourage more people to help save lives during the pandemic.

In response, Karl had tweeted his pride in being called a Delhiite by the CM of the state.

In a follow up video, however, Karl Rock revealed that this isn’t the first time he’s had a bad experience in this country. He says in the clip that he was forced to take a corona test by the Delhi police, “who called their friends in the media” for their “cash reward.”

It just goes to show that, for expats, India can both be the most hospitable and the most hostile country in the world.