Berlin: A pair of German government videos praising the “hero” potatoes in the fight against the Coronavirus have proved surprising success on social media.
The short videos in the style of war testimonials were trending with the hashtag #Besonderehelden (“Very Special Heroes”) and garnered a large number of comments online.
In one clip, an old man sitting in his living room recalls: “It was winter 2020. Everyone’s eyes were on us. I was twenty-two years old, a mechanical engineering student at Chemnitz, when the second wave struck.
And suddenly the fate of the country was in our hands. We mustered all our courage and did what was expected of us – the only thing we could do, “he continues.
Then the dramatic music disappears for the next text: “We didn’t do … nothing.”
The clip then shows a young man lying on his sofa in front of a screen, eating junk food.
The old man says: “lazy like a raccoon, we stayed at home on our heels day and night and fought the spread of the virus.”
Our sofa was the front line, patience was our weapon. And so we became heroes in the Coronavirus Winter 2020. ”
The clips, shared by Steven Seibert, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel, have been welcomed by many netizens who found them a rare example of German humor.
But others found them in bad taste, with one Twitter user commenting that they give the impression that the epidemic “is about baking bread and Netflix & Chill.”
“For many people, this means existential fear, short time work, domestic violence, and loneliness,” the caption reads.