Just last week, a Chinese auntie became a hero after posting a video of her epic rant against unruly Chinese tourists abroad. Now, a similar video has been released, but this time the one doing the ranting is a restaurant owner in Paris. Unsurprisingly, netizens have been less receptive to her criticism.
The clip comes from a 25-minute-long video produced by Al Jazeera’s East 101 Channel that examines the growing number of Chinese tourists visiting France. Al Jazeera reporter Aela Callan accompanies a Chinese tour group around the country and interviews a restaurant owner in Paris named Stephanie Verett.
Verrett runs Rue de Provence, which has been located in the center of Paris for the last 25 years. She tells Callan that the street the restaurant is on used to be like a tiny French village, with people coming for croissants and coffee; however, she then goes on to describe the changes that have taken place because of the dramatic growth in the number of Chinese tourists.
She says that wealthy Chinese proprietors have come in and bought up many of the local businesses. The street is now filled with expensive restaurants catering to Chinese visitors, as well as a number of duty-free shops. The businessmen also offered to buy Rue de Provence, but Verrett refused.
A minute-long portion of Verrett’s interview has gone viral on Weibo. The shortened clip shows the Paris restaurateur complaining about Chinese people spitting on the floor of her restaurant.
I had a woman, she came and she sit down and she — I don’t know the name in English [mimics spitting] — in the floor, and… wow. [Reporter: “Inside?”] She was just sitting, I came in with the menu and she [mimics spitting].
Then, the clip jumps to a compilation of ridiculous actions taken by Chinese tourists around the world. This was part of Al Jazeera’s commentary and not Verrett’s viewpoint.
Furthermore, the abridged clip cuts out the part of the interview where Verrett admits that French businesses have benefited greatly by the influx of Chinese tourists. More than 2 million Chinese tourists visited France last year, buying around €1 billion (7.44 billion RMB) worth of goods. Verrett says that she simply hopes that tour guides could better explain to their tour groups what they should and should not do inside restaurants and in public areas.
Netizens have been less than thrilled to hear more complaints about the misbehavior of their compatriots and lashed out against Verrett’s comments.
“I would rather her say that it’s because those Chinese people lack manners instead of it being a cultural difference. She’s implying that all Chinese people are like this,” @小白老师蛮讨嫌 wrote.
“That is Chinese people’s fault. What do you mean cultural difference? They don’t represent the entirety of China,” @HELLO虾枕 wrote.
“This is wrong. I’ve seen foreigners spit in China as well. This is because of one’s upbringing, it doesn’t have anything to do with one’s nationality,” @小叶子-baby wrote.
Watch the clip here:
And watch the full video below:
By Sarah Lin
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