How not to help others during Coronavirus

OK folks, I’m not about to tell you how to live your life. It’s your life, do with it what you will – all I ask that you don’t hurt anyone in the process.

But really? This is the best these celebrities could come up with?  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a bunch of rich people singing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, (I thought that was a song about world peace? I don’t think Coronavirus is listening, but hey worth a try I suppose), whilst holed up in houses that many 5 star hotels are jealous of. I know their hearts were in the right place but, it comes across as completely insensitive, and highlights the divide between rich and poor, the haves and the have nots.  When this is all over, they will return to lucrative jobs, whilst many of their fans may not have a job to return to. They are people who may not have a roof over their head by the end of the week – and sadly they may be considered when this is all over, to be the lucky ones.  People are dying, people are suffering, people are starving now, others are bearly surviving – the last thing in the world we need, is to listen to a bunch of well meaning celebs singing at us.

When you face an uncertain future, you’ve lost your job, visit super markets with empty shelves, and have no money to pay for anything even if they were full, and (un)like Simon, you’re down to your last sheet of loo paper, I can imagine that this particular song, with this particular group of people, will provide little comfort.

Look, I feel helpless like a lot of people, made worse by the fact that it’s Mother’s Day, and I won’t be able to see her.  But I am trying to prepare for the future.  I know some people who may struggle over the next few weeks, so I’m checking up with friends and family with regular phone calls and keeping in touch with neighbours in case they need things from the shop. It is not much, but I like to think it’s a bit better than singing an inappropriate song at people, whilst living in the lap of luxury.

Or am I being too harsh?

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