If you think you are just talking about a “bad” government, think about where and how your perception has been shaped and how little it likely has been informed by any of the millions of its population. If you think you are simply talking about a virus, then there is no need to racialise it, subtly, implicitly, nor by association with mythology of barbarism and judgements ascribed by the White saviours to everyone else’s cultural practices. Wuhan Chinese have explained that it is not common practice to trade or eat bat or pangolin, yet people persist in spreading these myths. I have genuinely lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked about eating dog. I know I have been fortunate enough to be given rotting breads and meat when I was starving, so I cannot comment on the desperation or the level of destitution that some people live with in this world. Everywhere, we enjoy spectacle and difference, for ourselves and for tourism. Unusual cuisine features as a part of this. Consider this before feeling (not thinking) that Wuhan is worthy of judgement. “Wet markets” is a convenient term that falsely distinguishes a form of marketplace that is common all over the world yet carries a derisory sense of barbaric practice with it. We have wet markets in shopping centres in Australia, but we don’t call them by that term. Consider how language is being used as weapons against ‘others’ and as shields for ‘ourselves’.