A social distancing stunt: The owners of Cafe Rothe in the northern German city of Schwerin reopened their establishment on May 9.
- As part of a news segment, a reporter asked Cafe Rothe customers to don the wacky headgear, which would ensure they followed the six-foot distance recommended by health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The reaction: Video and photos of the staged scene were widely mocked as “ridiculous” after being shared to Twitter.
I’ll have a large glass of dignity please— Tom Rogers (@TRogNoVa) May 18, 2020
Many social media commenters described the participants in the social distancing stunt as “sheep” or “sheeple” and some characterized them as “dorks.”
The so-called 'get out of lockdown' conditions are getting ridiculous now. I am not wearing a pool noodle on my head to go out. https://t.co/aRUr4TCUyl— David Kurten (@davidkurten) May 15, 2020
Despite the staged nature of the photos and videos, some applauded the pool noodle hats, saying that looking ridiculous at times was the "price" citizens must pay to go out in public in a post-COVID-19 world.
This photo is making its rounds today. I don’t find this “brilliant” as many suggest. It’s pathetic and underscores the “science” we all keep arguing about - as flimsy as a wet pool noodle. pic.twitter.com/76KjImE3MV— Chef Andrew Gruel (@ChefGruel) May 14, 2020
Journalist Katy Lee even declared that the people wearing pool noodles on their heads had nothing to be ashamed of.
If we want a functioning society and economy, we’re going to have to adapt and be willing to look a little bit silly some times. Small price to pay for the freedom and dignity to participate in society/work. Masks aren’t fun, but they get us moving. If it takes noodle hats, fine.— Canadian Deb (@canadian_deb) May 15, 2020
Social distancing warriors: The issue of compliance with social distancing guidelines has become fraught politically.
Oh I think there's zero shame attached to it, I would be really quite pleased to wear one of these hats— Katy Lee (@kjalee) May 14, 2020
Liberals have accused conservatives of flouting measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus – such as lockdowns and the wearing of masks – to downplay the severity of the disease for partisan reasons.
Meanwhile, many on the right argue that some of the measures are excessive or unnecessary and mask the state’s true purpose behind implementing them: restricting American’s freedoms and flexing control over a pliable populace.
Well, it’s a consequence of people who can’t be trusted to have concern for the well being of others, so these may indeed be necessary for the Fox News audience.— Scott Eric Alt (@ScottEricAlt) May 15, 2020