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'Howard Stern' staffer: There's no way BTS don't have coronavirus

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During the February 24 episode of the SiriusXM staple, Howard Stern — a notorious germaphobe — brought up growing concern over the deadly coronavirus with his cast of comedic cohorts.

The topic turned to BTS when staff member Salvatore “Sal” Governale was called out for claiming the Korean-pop group and their staff were carrying the virus after spotting them during their visit to SiriusXM’s New York headquarters on Friday, Feb. 21.

“BTS is from Korea and Sal was freaking out,” Stern explained to his millions of faithful listeners. “BTS was here at Sirius on Friday and Sal was saying, ‘There’s no way those guys don’t have the coronavirus.’ He was like every a--hole.”

Stern then pointed out that BTS are Korean (not from China where the current outbreak was first identified) and co-host Robin Quivers weighed in with her view: that BTS and their team “are touring all the time” (in fact, the band had been splitting time between the U.S. and Korea this past month) and producer Gary Dell’Abate noted that “every celebrity who walks through the [SiriusXM] door is traveling all over the world — not just Asians.”

But Governale, who has appeared on the show since 1996 when it was syndicated on terrestrial radio, doubled down on his comments. “I walked into the lobby and it was like Chinatown, out of control, there were so many Asian people,” he said on the air. “These people are traveling, they’re not locals, they’re going from country to country to country. It’s a dangerous situation. You got to look at it that way — they’re on airplanes; they’re in hotels.”

The radio personality told Governale, “I got so many emails about what an idiot you are for avoiding a Korean boy band.” One commenter labeled Governale, as well as fellow “Stern Show” staffer Ronnie Mund who made comments about avoiding Chinese food, as “f–ing old, racist pieces of s–t,” as well as “misinformed.”

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The blatant xenophobia against asians ever since the pandemic began disgusts me. News flash! South Korea has actually done an amazing job keeping the virus under control and containing it. So that group of men and Asian establishments you’re clutching your pearls over are actually less likely to be carrying the virus than your average white American citizen considering how many cases we are seeing state side! Get a grip weirdos.

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The xenophobia is so disgusting. The way he’s way more likely to get the virus from a fellow American rip4 Worms!

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