Syed Syafiq, a Malaysian Instagram influencer, filmed himself getting a COVID-19 test—but is facing backlash for how he addressed the nurse who administered it.
On his Instagram Story, he posted a video of himself crying after receiving the test. He yells at the nurse and calls her a “b*tch.” He then threatens to sue the woman, posting to his story, “see you in court b*tch.”
Tests are administered by a swab going way up a person’s nose. Many who have received them say they can be painful or uncomfortable.
After the test was over, Syafiq tattles on the nurse in front of her superiors while still referring to her as a “b*tch.”
In response to Syafiq’s video, many users said they were disgusted by his behavior toward a frontline worker. Others noted that the nurse isn’t responsible for his reaction to the exam.
It didn’t take long for users to draw comparisons to others who had been tested and experienced similar amounts of pain. Unlike Syafiq, however, those people didn’t threaten a lawsuit for their discomfort.
After intense pushback, Syafiq apologized for his “disrespect.” He wrote that he met the workers he offended and apologized to them, too.
“I should be more understanding of how people are when they are working and under stress. I truly apologize to both of them, and every other front-liner that have sacrificed their time, energy and safety for the safety of others,” he wrote.
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