Some members of the public have been coping with their respective public officials’ authoritarian shutdown and lockdown decrees by hosting veritable block parties.
This has reportedly been especially popular in Boston, Massachusetts.
“A pair of roommates was inspired by videos of Italians singing on their balconies,” station KETK reported. “They picked the Boston classic ‘Sweet Caroline’ and videoed as neighbors joined in from below their windows and across the street.”
“The duo has used social media to ask for song requests and now hold nightly sessions at 7 p.m. They ask all Bostonians to take to their windows, turn up their speakers, and sing to each other in harmony.”
— 🇺🇸 Pismo 🇺🇸 (@Pismo_B) March 22, 2020
The trend reportedly began in Italy, which was the first Western nation to be locked down because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
“Italy is on complete lockdown, with 17,660 cases of the coronavirus,” Quartz reported on March 14. “But people in the country have started coming out on their balconies and leaning out their windows to join together in song, coordinating the effort by spreading the word via social media.”
“On Friday, Italians sang the national anthem together at 6pm; on Saturday, they joined together to applaud health-care workers.”
Watch the national anthem being sung below:
a whole neighbourhood in italy singing the national anthem from their balconies while on lockdown pic.twitter.com/JoLKhw5utq
— 𝐿𝒶𝓊♡ (@undolau) March 15, 2020
There was just one catch. They were singing the Chinese national anthem to thank China for its aid, never mind the fact that China itself is responsible for the pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Italians inadvertently managed to start a trend that’s gone global, from Germany all the way to Boston and beyond.
Swedes in lockdown all over Sweden are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Stockholm: pic.twitter.com/t4eSFt2uSo
— Marcus Thapper (@Marcusthapper) March 16, 2020
Napoli’s Twitter asked fans:
“At 19:45 CET today, we want to get Naples singing! Get out on your balconies or open your windows wide and sing Un Giorno All’Improvviso…!”
Here’s what happened ⬇️pic.twitter.com/L7lWUpYdxF
— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) March 14, 2020
french people singing the national anthem on their balconies to lift spirits after the quarantine was announced 🥺 pic.twitter.com/qnEVA9e64y
— 𝖗𝖔𝖟𝖊𝖓𝖓 (@terranuIIius) March 14, 2020
You’ve all seen videos of heartwarming videos of italians singing from their balconies, get ready for my father banging utensils together in New Delhi, India pic.twitter.com/gju3DgGqRf
— DongWon Oh (@noitsnotdonjuan) March 22, 2020
Entire town in Sicily (Collesano) sing from their balconies Ave Maria in honor of patron Saint Madonna the Miraculous!! You can hear the church bells, music, and the entire town of singing from afar!!!! It shows unity and hope!! #coronavirus #italysings #italy #cnn #msnbc #news pic.twitter.com/cM3Hha2EJ4
— Andrea (@Andrea46153203) March 15, 2020
— Estephania (@EtherealStephie) March 21, 2020
But singing isn’t all that people have been doing. Bored out of their minds, a remarkable number of people have taken to coming up with creative, hilarious sketches.
This is just funny… pic.twitter.com/9bd69jCcFs
— Michael Blair (@mmjblair) March 21, 2020
Only people in quarantine could possibly conceive of such an idea, no?
See other quarantine-inspired sketches below:
— HalleySeidel (@djhalleyseidel) March 19, 2020
Quarantine day 7: so bored i taped my phone to the ceiling fan pic.twitter.com/UrMdRHzN1m
— MARCH MF 13🤩🥳 (@lilahserenna) March 21, 2020
I have funny feeling divorce courts will be doing ‘land office business’ once this #quarantine is over.#COVID19 #Maga #SundayThoughts #TheGreatAwaking #Wwg1wga #Qanon #ChineseVirus #Kungflu #Ccot #Floridalockdown #China #lockdown pic.twitter.com/cPvG47cd3o
— Viewzuu (@flyer1618) March 22, 2020
Please may I never get this bored during this quarantine aka social distancing 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/98aXLSVHqm
— NdimhleFcukedUp (@JackDevero) March 20, 2020
— Cun (@Kl13Christopher) March 17, 2020
Day 9 of Quarantine… pic.twitter.com/pHS5cwBW6B
— The World Of Funny (@TheWorldOfFunny) March 22, 2020
— Rakusa 👍🌎 (@RakusaStudios) March 19, 2020
Funny and cheery as this all might be, the problem remains that no lawmakers have prepared a plan for how to actually end these shutdowns and lockdowns, thus suggesting they could effectively run in perpetuity.
In America alone, these shutdowns and lockdowns are estimated to cost an unprecedented amount of damage to the economy in shuttered businesses, laid-off employees, crumbling industries and suffering families.
“The American economy is closing down rapidly from both voluntary and mandatory business closings. It is not just restaurants, but also manufacturing, construction, recreation, travel, and many other industries that are shuttering operations,” the Cato Institute notes.
“If this continues, there will be a massive plunge in incomes, and tens of millions of people will not be able to meet basic expenses such as rent and food.”
And, well, there’s nothing funny about that.
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