PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A video in which an Oregon woman challenges another woman’s legal status in an apparent racist rant has been viewed more than 900,000 times on Facebook.
Now, the woman who uttered the words has moved out of the area because of the backlash, according to her mother.
Selina Cairel posted the video on her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, writing “I was out with some friends last night in Portland and had a terrible encounter with a girl who was saying the nastiest most racist thing possible…”
The video shows a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of her car with another woman in the passenger seat. Then she says: “Before you say anything you might want to make sure you’re actually legals, and then call the cops and let them know.”
Cairel wrote this started while the two were parked next to each other near Portland’s iconic Voodoo Doughnut shop.
“It started when she had said in the most demeaning poor excuse of a supposed ‘Asian’ accent that ‘She’s Asian, she can’t see that’s why she can’t drive’,” wrote Cairel.
In the video, Cairel and her friend ask the other woman what she was talking about and she responded, “That you’re illegals crossing the border and your parents probably had to work for (expletive) dirt just to get here.”
Cairel wrote, “I never let this pass and wanna make sure this kind of behavior is seen and how people of color encounter this all the time. I wanna make sure she gets seen and her racist, ignorant behavior is exposed.”
It didn’t take long for viewers of the video on social media to figure out the offending woman’s identity.
The woman’s mother told KOIN her daughter is “sorry” and realizes she “made a mistake.” She said police have been keeping an eye on their home after they received threatening phone calls.
Her mother said her daughter is of Native American descent from a tribe in Alaska. KOIN 6 News has not been able to reach the woman for comment.
The viral video has had an impact on the woman’s former employer — Stars Cabaret Bridgeport. The strip club has received so many angry phone calls, the manager posted a message on the club’s Facebook page: “We would like to publicly address due to the calls and messages coming through, that we do not have a staff member or entertainer by the name of [redacted] at our establishment.”
Club owner Randy Kaiser told KOIN the woman has not worked as a dancer at the club in at least 6 months. Kaiser condemned what she said on the video.
“Anybody who’s associated with conduct that’s embarrassing to the club and contrary to our beliefs, they would no longer be associated with the club,” he said. “In America, people have a right to be ignorant. We have the right to not associate with that. And she can be a racist somewhere else.”
An hour after posting the video, Cairel posted a picture of her U.S. Passport. “I promise I’m legal guys,” she wrote along with laughing emojis.
KOIN 6 News decided not to name the woman in the video because she didn’t commit any crimes.