A businessman and his lover filmed racially taunting an Australian-Asian fishing YouTube identity have claimed they were the real victims in the footage – and deny they are racist because they have ‘members of the Asian family.
Daily Mail Australia has published images of fisherman John Lee subjected to racist comments from Matthew Brown, who runs MBM Luxury Boat Sales, at the Sydney International Boat Show in Cockle Bay over the weekend.
Matthew Brown (pictured right) runs MBM Luxury Boat Sales. ‘I’m not a racist,’ he told Daily Mail Australia
The video shows Mr. Lee logging into a stall with a QR code when he is approached by Mr. Brown, who grabs his fishing rod and asks him, “What bait are you using?”
After Mr. Lee replied, “I don’t know,” Mr. Brown replied, “Is there any ting wong?” »
Mr Lee then tells Mr Brown that his comment is ‘racist’.
Mr Brown responds: “Aren’t you Australian?” Throw a shrimp at Barbie’s buddy (BBQ).
The dispute ends with Mr Brown’s partner Honni Law coaching him – before accusing Mr Lee of ’embarrassing himself’.
Mr Lee shared the footage on his angling YouTube channel JYK Fishing TV on Wednesday.
However, Mr Brown told Daily Mail Australia he was ‘not a racist’ and said the stoush had been overblown.
He even claimed that Mr Lee was the ‘aggressor’ and that he and his partner had ‘walked away from the situation’.
He pointed to the end of the clip where Mr. Lee is heard telling Mr. Brown to “go back” to his own country.
Matthew Brown (pictured) leads MBM luxury boat sales at the Sydney International Boat Show
His girlfriend, Honni Law, told Daily Mail Australia there was more to the story than what was seen in the pictures, and claimed the video “made me very upset as I am portrayed as a racist person”.
“I know who I am and that’s what matters,” she said.
‘The video did not show him [Mr Lee] yelling and swearing at me – where I was afraid for my safety as he walked after me shouting, ‘Go back to your own country’, she claimed.
“(It’s) a quick way to get hits on a paid YouTube channel.
“To each his own, but not at my expense.
She also explained that she has Chinese, Filipino and Muslim family members “that I love and cherish.”
“I also sponsor Chinese New Year in casinos, I support and promote the Chinese community, I also sponsor schools and charities internationally in Indonesia, Fiji, Philippines and Thailand.”
Asked for an explanation of the incident, Mr Brown twice insisted he was unavailable
Matthew Brown is pictured with his partner Honni Law. She says she didn’t allow the video to be shared online – which the YouTuber doesn’t have to ask
Ms Law said she had not given permission for the video to be shared – which YouTube has no legal obligation to obtain as it was filmed in a public place – and received a barrage of vile comments.
‘[I] I am concerned about the violent threats I am receiving and now fear for my life,” she said.
Mr Lee, who is of Korean descent, told Daily Mail Australia ‘unfortunately these kinds of incidents happen often’.
“I probably could have handled the situation more calmly, but I lost it when he pinched me as the guy was somehow 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.
Video shows Mr Brown being pushed away by his partner in front of him and Mr Lee starting to argue again
The woman tried to get Mr. Lee to stop filming before apparently complaining to security
John Lee (pictured) was at the Sydney International Boat Show the weekend where he was harassed
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.”
The incident happened near a booth manned by Eyachts, with a spokesperson, Ross Turner, saying: ‘Neither Eyachts nor any of our associated companies tolerate racist or discriminatory behavior at any time or at any time. moment and it is very disappointing that such casual racism still seems to prevail… No one should be subject to any form of abuse or discrimination.