Two guys in Amsterdam have ignited an internet firestorm after posting a video of themselves online throwing milk powder at innocent Asian passersby on the street in what they called a prank.
The “prank” is in reference to the current trend of middle-class Chinese parents buying up stocks of baby formula from other countries thanks to widespread distrust toward domestic brands following a series of high-profile and alarming scandals.
One of those countries is the Netherlands, where last November two Chinese proxy buyers made headlines after a video of them brawling in front of a Dutch supermarket, fighting over precious formula, went viral.
This latest viral video, uploaded to their Vatos Locos Pranks YouTube channel, shows one of the young Dutch “pranksters” following right at the heels of an Asian man and asking, “Do you want some milk powder?”
After declining, the man is suddenly showered with powder and the asshole quickly flees. The video shows three such “pranks.”
As you might suspect, Chinese netizens have come out in force to condemn the video on Weibo:
“These people have no morals! Without the Chinese, where would the Dutch economy be?” one netizen wrote in.
“Chinese people must unite! Otherwise, the next time on the street it will be guns or gasoline waiting for us!” another user urged.
Meanwhile, on NetEase, an article about the incident has received more than 35,000 comments with many netizens taking a more sardonic tone:
“Snatching up milk powder while at the same time having it thrown all over you. Oh, how ironic!” reads the top comment by a netizen from Shandong.
“It’s a good thing it was only milk powder. If it happened in Japan, it could have been a toilet seat,” joked another commenter from Zhejiang.
“China has a reputuation as an economic superpower, yet our own citzens don’t even dare to buy our own milk powder!” lamented another web user from Guangdong.
Meanwhile, the two pranksters have since apologized on Facebook and removed the video from their page, though it can still be found everywhere. They have been hunted down by angry Dutch netizens, their personal information has been published online and their families bombarded by random threats.
“My son is very sorry, he did not think through the consequences,” one of their mothers told reporters. “They really did not want this. We receive calls from people who swear at us. Even grandma received calls.”
Watch the video here:
★ Young Dutch pranksters throw milk powder at Chinese people on the streets of Amsterdam.The two men have since issued an apology after the video went viral and caused a huge uproar in Holland, which led to their personal details being published online and their families bombarded with threats from members of the public.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By Kitty Lai