7NEWS Australia (Home of Sydney’s Most Trusted News):

Shannon Lee, the daughter of legendary martial arts actor Bruce Lee, has called comments by U.S. President Donald Trump racist. Trump has, on several occasions, referred to COVID-19 as ‘kung flu’, causing outrage among Asian communities.

Angie Asimus (Reporter for Seven News):

Donald Trump regularly finds himself under fire for controversial comments but one remark has been described as hurtful even by his own staff. Amongst those [?] outrage is our next guest, the daughter of acting legend Bruce Lee.

Mark Ferguson (Anchor of Seven News):

Shannon Lee says that the president’s joke about kung fu is racist and will put people at risk. He is one of the greatest martial arts actors of all time. Now the kung fu legend’s family are the one’s fighting. They say everything Bruce Lee stood for is under attack after this comment from President Trump.

Donald Trump:

“By the way, it’s a disease without question. [It] has more names than any disease in history. I can name — kung flu — I can name 19 different versions of names.”

Mark Ferguson (Anchor of Seven News):

It has caused outrage, particularly for Bruce Lee’s own daughter Shanon Lee, who has branded it racist saying that… “kung-flu is in some ways similar to someone sticking their fingers in the corners of their eyes and pulling them out to represent an Asian person”. She said.. There was an outcry on twitter too. This man’s saying… “Trump’s comment is stupid, racist and part of the reason he is losing this election”. There was no apology from american President. In Fact he has gone on to say it again.

Angie Asimus (Reporter for Seven News):

And Bruce Lee’s daughter Shanon Lee joins us from Los Angeles.
Shannon, welcome to Sunrise. Why does a comment like this cut deep for you and your family.

Shannon Lee:

I think there is more than one reason. One- is of course as a martial artist, kung fu is a time honored centuries old tradition that requires discipline and hard work and it is very meaningful in that regard. But separate and more importantly my father was among other things a humanitarian and he believed in unity. And treating all people the same and these comments are making people have more anti asian attacks and sentiments out in the public and it is making people unsafe.

Mark Ferguson (Anchor of Seven News):

Shannon, Trump has given the virus other names that we won’t repeat, if you could sit down with the president, what would you say to him?

Shannon Lee:

You know… I would just try to express myself honestly. I would try to tell him why it is irresponsible to speak in this manner. I don’t know that I would be heard, but if I had the opportunity, I would try.

Angie Asimus (Reporter for Seven News):

Bruce Lee, your father is cherished and loved by generations of people. This month marks 47 years since his death. What do you hold most dear about him?

Shannon Lee:

My father was just this really dynamic, amazing man who really excited people and showed them what was possible in human form in a way that hasn’t been duplicated and he has inspired people not just with his awesome martial arts action, but his philosophy as well.

Angie Asimus (Reporter for Seven News):

Well, Shannon thank you for your time. It’s great to chat.

Shannon Lee:

Yeah. Great to chat with you too. Thank you for having me and I actually am going to be having a book published in Australia about my father’s philosophies as well. So hopefully we will pick that up.

Angie Asimus (Reporter for Seven News):

We will chat again. Thanks Shannon.

Mark Ferguson (Anchor of Seven News):

We are looking forward to it. Thanks.




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