VIDEO - 'We stayed on our asses': Germany hails courage of young 'heroes' who fought 2020 pandemic

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VIDEO - 'We stayed on our asses': Germany hails courage of young 'heroes' who fought 2020 pandemic
Image from the German federal government's coronavirus video, 15 November 2020.

The German government has credited the country's 'heroic' youth with having the courage to do what was needed to fight the 2020 coronavirus pandemic: 'absolutely nothing'. Who said Germans had no sense of humour?


The German federal government released the 1.35-minute video online on Saturday and called it  "#specialheroes — Together against corona."

A Twitter user has since posted an English translated version of the ad.

The short video begins with an elderly man recalling his "service" to the nation in the winter of 2020, when he was 22 years old and wanted to " party, study, get to know people, go for drinks with friends."

As dramatic music plays underneath the narrative, he recalls how "fate had different plans for us."

"So we mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us, the only right thing. We did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Being as lazy as raccoons,'' he says in a serious tone.


"Days and nights, we stayed on our asses at home and fought against the spread of the coronavirus,'' he continues, as his younger self is seen slumped on a sofa eating junk food.

The video ends with him saying, "Looking back, this was our fate…This is how we became heroes."

A government message then reads: "You too can become a hero by staying at home.''

The response on twitter has been largely positive, with many praising the video for its effective use of humour to send a message. 

Others didn't see the funny side and were critical of the video for making light of the financial and health implications of having to stay at home during the pandemic.

There is also second version of the advert, where the man's wife talks about the experience from her point of view, with the key message "special times require special heroes."

Germany has registered a total of 790,503 coronavirus cases and 12,485 deaths, according to the Robert Koch Institute disease control centre.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Sunday, that the country may see four to five more months of coronavirus restrictions, dashing hopes of a quick end to a partial lockdown introduced two weeks ago.

READ MORE: Is Germany set to tighten shutdown measures?


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[email protected] 2020/11/16 16:20
[email protected] 2020/11/16 10:11
@Nick if you did your own research & didn't blindly follow the main stream narrative, you would discover that it is a conspiracy alright, but not a theory.
[email protected] 2020/11/16 06:28
And what did you do during the pandemic? Sat at your keyboard spreading conspiracy theories? You must be proud of your heroic contribution to humanity's wellbeing.
[email protected] 2020/11/15 21:09
It is very fitting. We all sat on our asses & watched PornHub & Netflix while we were robbed and the whole world was fooled into believing in this lie, while our freedoms were stripped of us. Yeah, well done humanity, future generations will pay for our failing.

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