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Drag Race UK star Crystal uses coronavirus pandemic to teach an important lesson about wealth inequality

Patrick Kelleher March 12, 2020
Coronavirus: Drag Race UK star offers vital lesson on wealth inequality

Crystal. (BBC)

Drag Race UK star Crystal has used the coronavirus pandemic as a vital opportunity to make an important point about wealth inequality across the world.

The coronavirus, which was yesterday declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has spread across the globe, and people are starting to stockpile goods. Supermarkets have reported running out of essential items, including toilet paper and soap as the virus spreads.

But Drag Race UK alumnus Crystal used the opportunity to make an important point – and to remind everyone that this sort of behaviour isn’t exactly new.

Drag Race UK star Crystal made an important point about wealth inequality as the coronavirus spreads across the globe.

“If you’re upset about people hoarding toilet paper, wait until you hear about how a tiny minority of rich people have hoarded most of the world’s wealth,” she wrote on Twitter.

The tweet has been liked almost 4,000 times, and LGBT+ people queued up to agree with Crystal’s point.

Crystal’s comment is backed up by research. A report released last year found that the world’s 26 richest billionaires own as much as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest section of society. Let that sink in for a minute.

If you’re upset about people hoarding toilet paper, wait until you hear about how a tiny minority of rich people have hoarded most of the world’s wealth.

So, while those rushing out to buy toilet paper aren’t exactly billionaires hoarding the world’s wealth, they are part of the same problem: they are both holding on to things that they don’t need while the poor are deprived.

COVID-19 is declared a pandemic as it continues to wreak havoc across the world.

Crystal’s comment comes as the world continues to be rocked by the coronavirus crisis. The virus is continuing to spread across the UK, where there are now 460 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people have contracted COVID-19 in the United States. Last night, Donald Trump announced that he was banning travel from most of Europe for the next 30 days in an effort to curb the spread.

Bizarrely, the UK was excluded from this measure.

Elsewhere, Italy is on full lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and Denmark has announced that it is closing schools and universities.

The Republic of Ireland is expected to announce the closure of schools, colleges and public facilities today (March 12).

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