One other week, one other alternative to start out this column by saying, “It has been a helluva week.” As the coronavirus continues is morbid march, folks the world over are sheltering in place and doing all they’ll to remain secure and sane. Folks, it appears, are on this for the lengthy haul, and that’s going to destroy the internet … or, effectively, gradual it down, no less than. We would say people must be spending their time masturbating—Pornhub has made its premium service free for 30 days for self-quarantine functions, and can also be supporting Covid-19 reduction efforts—however that requires the web, so maybe it’s not an excellent answer. That is what we get for training social distancing, maybe, even when we might have to call it “physical distancing” soon.
Nonetheless, coronavirus continues to be nearly all anybody is speaking about, however with nearly every little thing closed and the surface world off-limits, what else is there to do? There’s a file variety of folks unemployed within the US proper now, and people are streaming content material like there’s no tomorrow (HBO Now streaming rose 40 percent the week earlier than final, and Disney+ sign-ups almost tripled)—maybe as a result of, to many, that’s simply what it looks like. No less than Netflix renewed The Circle and Love Is Blind.
In an try to lighten the temper, somehow the Taylor/Kanye feud returned, which was maybe much more nonsensical than the Hannah Montana reunion, however can something match director Tom Hooper’s Cats commentary for sheer, out-of-the-box weirdness? Most likely not, however everybody in all probability wants somewhat weirdness as of late. Right here’s what the assembled unconscious that’s the web was speaking about final week.
Say Goodnight, Grandma
What Occurred: File underneath “Belongings you by no means thought you’d hear on tv”: What if a politician really steered that, simply perhaps, with a view to hold the nation on an even-keel, grandparents accepted that they may need to die? Too darkish too early?
What Actually Occurred: Individuals began final week in a brand new world, or no less than a brand new nation, as multiple states asked people to stay at home, as companies, faculties, and every little thing people used to think about “regular” have been closed in an try to … effectively, hold as many individuals wholesome as doable. The modifications have precipitated an emotional response many are comparing to grief, however these are extraordinary occasions, asking extraordinary sacrifice with a view to do the suitable factor.
Oh, yeah; additionally, it seems, some people actually aren’t into the economic impact of the shutdown, and final week President Trump began publicly toying with the thought of reopening everything early to forestall companies dropping more cash. If which means folks die in consequence, effectively … let’s return to what Texas’ lieutenant governor Dan Patrick was saying on Fox firstly of the week.
Patrick’s feedback were quickly picked up by the media as a result of, effectively, he mainly mentioned outdated folks must be prepared to die from Covid-19 to assist the economic system. On social media, folks have been unimpressed by his argument.
Patrick’s concept even resulted in a hashtag, #NotDying4WallStreet.
Patrick later clarified his feedback, saying that he was simply referring to the White Home’s “15-day lockdown” plan, which President Trump appears to want to stick to, at the same time as consultants counsel it’s nowhere close to sufficient time to assist the scenario. So, every little thing’s going actual effectively, thanks for asking.