- Official adverts created by the German government last week encouraged the country to be “lazy as raccoons” to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
- One of the ads, which was widely shared on social media, shows an old man speaking about how in the “winter of 2020” people became “heroes” after doing “absolutely nothing.”
- Last month, Berlin’s tourism authority launched an ad campaign featuring an elderly woman in a floral mask giving the middle finger to people who refuse to wear face coverings.
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The German government released a string of humorous adverts last week that urged the country to be “lazy as raccoons” to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
In one of the adverts, which was widely shared on social media and has since received more than 2.5 million views, an old man is seen reflecting on “the winter of 2020.”
“The fate of this country lay in our hands,” he says, alongside dramatic music. “So, we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing – We did nothing. Absolutely nothing.”
“We were as lazy as raccoons,” he adds. “Day and night, we kept our asses at home and fought the spread of the virus. Our couch was the front and our patience was our weapon.”
The video cuts between the “present-day” and “the past,” which shows a younger version of the man lounging on the sofa and watching television.
Watch the advert below: