A man was filmed taunting an Australian-Asian fisherman with racial slurs at an exclusive boat show – before his well-dressed lover told the victim he was ’embarrassing’ and trying to expel him.
John Lee, who runs YouTube angling channel JYL Fishing TV, shared footage online of him being harassed at the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay over the weekend.
The video shows Mr Lee logging into a booth with a QR code when he was approached by another attendee who grabbed his fishing rod without permission and asked, “What bait are you using?”
After Mr. Lee replied, “I don’t know,” the man replied, “Is there ting wong?” »
The video showed Mr Lee calling out the man, telling him his comment was a ‘racist’ joke, but the man went on to say: ‘Aren’t you Australian? Throw a shrimp at Barbie’s buddy (BBQ).
Mr Lee, who is of Korean descent, told Daily Mail Australia he was not surprised by the racist attack as ‘unfortunately these kinds of incidents happen often’.
A man was filmed making a racist comment towards an Asian Australian
The video showed Mr Lee calling out the man, telling him his comment was a ‘racist’ joke, but the man doubled down, saying: ‘Aren’t you Australian? Throw a shrimp at Barbie’s buddy (BBQ).
John Lee (pictured) was at the Sydney International Boat Show the weekend where he was harassed
The man’s girlfriend chimed in, saying “Matt, please shut up,” as passers-by remained silent during the exchange.
The woman eventually grabbed her husband and dragged him away, telling Mr Lee to ‘back off’ as he turned to follow them.
‘You fucking liked it!’ shouts the man over his lover’s shoulder.
“You’re fucking a**hole,” Mr. Lee replies, adding “what’s your name?”
As the couple grew apart, her partner continues to abuse Mr. Lee.
“How embarrassing,” she said
‘Grow fucking penis…seriously.’
The woman tried to get Mr Lee to stop filming before complaining to security
The man shouting the racist remarks was pushed away by his partner in front of him and Mr Lee started arguing again
The partner walked after her husband and Mr. Lee and his friend returned to the booth, where a woman at reception apologized for the couple’s behavior.
But soon after, Mr Lee and his friend were approached by security, who told them the woman, who claimed to be the stall owner, had complained and demanded they be removed from the show.
After explaining their side of the story and suggesting that the man seemed drunk, the security guards decide not to evict them.
Security guards (pictured) at the boat show decided not to evict Mr Lee after hearing his version of events
Mr Lee uploaded the footage to his channel on Monday.
“I probably could have handled the situation more calmly, but I lost it when he pinched me as the guy was somewhat forced away by the lady,” he wrote.
“My intention of this video of the incident after careful consideration is to raise awareness of casual racism and how common it is.
“The whole incident ruined 30 minutes of our day. I hope they [the couple] can learn from this or over time that there is no room for racism.
Mr Lee was applauded for standing up to the couple but said the incident ruined his day
Many commentators applauded Mr. Lee for speaking out against the behavior, with some sharing their own similar experiences.
“That kind of occasional racism I experienced all my life growing up in Australia,” one man said.
‘Thank you for standing up for yourself and calling this racist! The way that woman treated you, John, and how she defended that racist was disgusting.
Someone else added: ‘Thank you for not taking it and standing up for yourself.
“It is unfortunate that some believe that casual racism or racism as a whole is still acceptable in today’s society.”
Eyachts, the company with a stand in the background of the video, confirmed that it was not involved in the video – and that the man and woman have no affiliation with the company.
“Eyachts is incredibly disappointed that such unacceptable behavior has taken place,” the company said.
“Neither Eyachts nor any of our associated companies tolerate racist or discriminatory behavior of any kind or at any time and it is very disappointing that such occasional racism still appears to be widespread.”
“Eyachts has already given his support to John following the incident and he acknowledged that Eyachts was in no way involved in the unacceptable behavior – in fact he states in his video description that Eyachts fully supported throughout the race.”