American jazz singer Patti Austin was briefly hospitalized for a respiratory infection and asthma attack in Beijing, and had to cancel her upcoming performances thanks to the capital’s lovely, chunky air. The 63-year-old did not, previously, have a history of respiratory problems.
While Austin has not squarely blamed Beijing’s air pollution for causing her attack, internet users have taken it upon themselves to jab at Beijing on her behalf, as SCMP reports:
Austin was “extremely disappointed” that she was unable to perform last night, according to the organiser, who promised to reschedule the show.
The statement did not say what triggered her illness but many Beijing music lovers were quick to blame yesterday’s poor air quality in the capital.
“The concert host said she was admitted to hospital for respiratory infection soon after arriving at Beijing,” Yang Jian, who had hoped to see Austin’s show, wrote on Sina Weibo. “I think we in Beijing should apologise to her. Our air is so bad that she was poisoned.”
If Harbin’s recent airpocalypse is any indication of things to come, this may be a thick, smoggy, and PM2.5-filled winter once again.