Footage of an elderly Filipino couple receiving racist remarks on the Vancouver SkyTrain on Monday, August 21, has gone viral. The verbal attacker has since spoken out.
In the video, the 75-year-old woman from New Westminster, Canada is seen verbally attacking an elderly Filipino couple seated on the SkyTrain.
The woman tells the couple to “go back to the f-ing Philippines.” When the Filipina woman tells her not to say that, the woman replies, “I’ll say what I want.”
The rant was in response to hearing the couple speaking loudly in Tagalog. When a young man defends the couple and calls the woman a racist, she says, “I am not a racist. I asked them to talk a little lower.”
“Their excuse was that they talk like that in their country,” argued the woman in a mockingly high pitched voice.
The young teen continued to defend the couple, calling the woman a racist, and telling her to get off the train.
Before exiting the train, the woman tells the couple one last time to “go back to the Philippines.”
The video was originally posted on Facebook by a user named Ashley Klassen, and has been shared over 4,000 times and garnered over 3,000 likes. The post read, “This is probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. Unfiltered Vancouver racism. Shout out to the kid up front.”
In a follow up video, Klassen said she could not believe what she was seeing. She originally posted the video on social media to show her friends and family what she experienced that day.
“I felt like I needed to take a video because if I were to tell anybody what I saw, they would need to see it with their eyes.”
Klassen also praised the young man, who she said was around 13 to 14 years old, for standing up for the elderly couple.
“Kudos to him for stepping up and letting the lady know that she was out of line,” said Klassen. “It was really brave of him to do that.”
Woman speaks out
The woman has since spoken out about the incident via Facebook, according to Klassen. In the woman’s post, she admitted to feeling ashamed by the racist remarks, before explaining her side.
“I did something last Monday that I am truly ashamed of,” reads the post. “I said some very racist things on the SkyTrain but what was shown is less than two minutes of a five-minute exchange.”
She then added that she was “yelled and poked” at by the “seemingly innocent couple.”
“They brought up their race. I know culturally some people are allowed being half Italian, but you need to be aware that others are bothered by it.”
According to News1130, the woman is known to police after having had previous anger related run-ins.
Anna Drennan of Metro Vancouver Transit Police said, “She becomes extremely angry, uses her temper and does various things in the throes of her anger. There’s no physical violence involved, but it appears to be more verbal.”
Just a few weeks earlier, footage of a Filipino son and his mother in the U.S. being told to “go back to Filipino Ville and get out of our country” by a lesbian couple, also went viral.