2023 Author: Gabrielle Mercer | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 12:25
How can you * really * help in the corona pandemic? By just DOING NOTHING. These clips from the German federal government show that in an ingenious way!
What will it be like when we later tell our grandchildren about the coronavirus, about the year 2020, about our life * then * in an absolute state of emergency? Some videos of the German federal government now take up the topic with a good dose of winking. And the result is wonderful!
The videos with #specialheroes attracted attention online over the weekend for a reason. The clips were viewed hundreds of thousands of times on the Twitter account of German government spokesman Steffen Seibert alone. The message is clear - this is how every clip ends: "Become a hero too and stay at home."
In the style of "Opi tells about the war", the fictional Anton Lehmann reports from the Corona year and the second wave:
“And the fate of this country was suddenly in our hands. So we took all our courage and did what was expected of us … We did nothing. They were lazy like raccoons. We stayed home on our asses for days and nights fighting the spread of the coronavirus. Our couch was the front and our patience was the weapon."
And it's true: Reducing contacts is currently our most important and most effective means of containing the pandemic. And something that everyone can really do. The aim of the videos is to bring this appeal to as many young people as possible. Nevertheless, we do not want to ignore the fact that the clips in the end miss the reality a bit: existential fears, loneliness, the psychological effects of the pandemic, domestic violence - none of these have a place in the clips.
We still think the idea is ingenious and stay at home, do our best, but above all think of the heroes in the health sector who are NOT "sitting lazily as raccoons on their asses". Thanks!