Food blogger accuses cab driver of racism for asking where she’s from – but people take HIS side
- Nguyen Yeats-Brown, based in London, had accused the cab driver of racism
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An influencer has come under fire for accusing a driver of racism after asking where she’s from and comparing her to his girlfriend.
London-based food blogger Nguyen Yeats-Brown – who goes by @itsgnochgnochon TikTok, where she has more than 115,200 followers – took to social media to post the interaction she had in a hired cab.
She took offence after he asked where she is from, and when she told him Vietnam, he replied that she looks ‘a little bit different’ from his girlfriend, who is from China.
Nguyen captioned the clip: ‘I experienced racism this morning’, but commenters overwhelmingly sided with the driver who apologised immediately for offending her, and sounded as if he was on the verge of tears.
Many said she ‘didn’t even try to understand what he meant’ and were horrified by her leaving the man – believed to be a London cab driver – so panicked.
Food blogger Nguyen Yeats-Brown – who goes by @itsgnochgnochon TikTok, where she has more than 115,200 followers – took to social media to post the interaction
The now deleted clip shows the visibly upset creator who is of Vietnamese heritage asking the man to pull over, and he could be heard asking in broken English if she was alright.
When he checked if everything was OK, she said he was ‘offensive’ for trying to guess where she’s from because her appearance reminded him of his partner’s.
A caption in the video read: ‘He asked me where I’m from, I said Vietnam.
‘He then said “my gf is Chinese so I try to guess where people are from cos they all look the same to me but…”‘
Many were outraged by the post, stressing that it’s clear the driver was simply trying to make conversation.
She featured snippets of his replies, including one where he said: ‘I didn’t guess where you could be, I said “maybe you look a little bit different to them”.’
He in later parts of the video could also be heard saying: ‘Please don’t get me wrong – my English is not as perfect.
‘My girlfriend is Chinese and I love Asian people because they’re so polite and kind.’
He then said that he and his partner have a joke where he calls her ‘My Buddha’, which Nguyen appeared especially horrified by.
His voice becoming audibly emotional, he continued: ‘Madam, please forgive me, I really don’t mean it…
‘If something be wrong, this company will fire me. I have a daughter.’
However the viral clip left social media users outraged as many said she ‘didn’t even try to understand what he meant’ and were horrified by her leaving the driver so panicked
Nguyen said she appreciated the mix-up didn’t come from a bad place and assured him she’s not going to go to his employer
In the captions, she accused him of ‘guilt tripping her’.
Nguyen said she appreciated the mix-up didn’t come from a bad place and assured him she’s not going to go to his employer – but insisted that she’s ‘uncomfortable’ in the car and wanted to leave.
She told him: ‘What you said to me was quite offensive, about how you were trying to guess where I’m from because you think we all look the same and then you said “I couldn’t tell where you were from because you look a little bit different”…that’s very racist.
‘There’s a difference between you loving Asian people and there’s a difference between you saying that we all look the same and that you were trying to guess where I’m from because I look different to them… to “them”, that’s the key word.’
A final snippet of the video shows a tearful Nguyen saying that she’s ‘actually f**king raging’.
In a repost of the full clip by user @xyzabc6603, which has been viewed some 90,300 people, commenters chimed in to call her behaviour ‘dismissive’
In a repost of the full clip by user @xyzabc6603, which has been viewed some 90,300 people, commenters chimed in to call her behaviour ‘dismissive’.
‘My heart sank when he started begging and mentioned his daughter,’ one said.
A second added: ‘I bet he’s afraid now of speaking to his passengers.’
‘Omggg she was doing way tooo much what the hell????’ another remarked.
‘She didnt even try to understand what he meant,’ one commenter penned.
Another read: ‘He apologised continuously & it’s apparent that it’s lost in translation. she needs to lay off him.’
‘She was so dismissive,’ one person explained. ‘You can tell he’s from another country and doesn’t speak a lot of English.
‘Yes it was wrong of him but he APOLOGIZed.’
@xyzabc6603’s repost also included their own commentary in the captions.
‘Giving my two cents here since certain ppl like her are quick to throw around the word ‘racism’ for even the slightest misunderstandings,’ they wrote.
‘I get standing up for yourself but it is so clear that he didn’t mean it like that, there was no bad intention, and he still genuinely apologized.’
They continued: ‘She said she knows he didn’t mean it and she didn’t want to escalate it further by reporting him to the company but plastered it on the biggest social media platform all for what?
‘People not being able to tell where you’re from is NOT RACIST. As an Asian myself, you can’t deny the physical similarities between us, especially Southeast and East Asia, misunderstandings happen!
‘I genuinely cannot stand ppl like her who are so soft and so quick to judge because imagine if she did report him, that poor man could’ve lost everything all for a trivial experience.’
MailOnline has attempted to reach Nguyen for comment.
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