'Dystopian nightmare': UK Home Office ridiculed for bizarre coronavirus ad with rave soundtrack (VIDEO)
Readers of a certain age probably remember the “You wouldn’t steal a car” anti-piracy ads. Appearing before DVDs as unskippable clips, the ads featured criminals committing various street crimes, and text warning viewers that “downloading pirated films is stealing.”
The UK Home Office has now updated the format for 2021. An ad released by the office on Wednesday warns the public to avoid raves, parties, illegal pubs and even baby showers, because "meeting up is against the law.” Footage of police raids on illegal gatherings accompanies the warnings, with a thumping drum ‘n’ bass soundtrack and amphetamine-jittering text completing the early-2000s aesthetic.
All gatherings are currently against the law. Stay Home. Protect The NHS. Save Lives. pic.twitter.com/Bg7wyN7chF— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) February 17, 2021
The ad inspired laughter and terror in equal measure, and was trashed online. Conservative pundit Raheem Kassam called it the stuff of “dystopian nightmares,” while Guardian writer Peter Walker said it looked like it had been “edited by someone on crystal meth.”
Meeting Up Is Against The LawYep. Apparently that’s a thing in 2021. https://t.co/QZ20zVewjH— Alexandra Phillips (@BrexitAlex) February 18, 2021
The UK has become Airstrip One. https://t.co/QJ3pSQv1ib— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) February 18, 2021
Reminder: this is the timeline you are in. https://t.co/J4N2BhfdeC— Alex Kaschuta Reality Czar (@kaschuta) February 18, 2021
congratulations to the uk home office for creating the first 100% satire proof piece of media https://t.co/eES96Ry71Q— Stan Account (@tristandross) February 18, 2021
Despite the video’s claims, meeting up is not against the law in Britain, but it is difficult. Two people can meet outdoors away from their homes, but ‘support groups’ of up to 15 people can meet in public spaces. Groups of bereaved people, new parents, people with illnesses and LGBT people all count as ‘support groups.’ Gatherings like weddings, funerals and religious services are still permitted, albeit with severe restrictions on attendance numbers.
For the majority of the population, however, normal social life is on hold since the government introduced the latest nationwide lockdown last month.Also on rt.com ‘Who doesn’t live here?’ London police swoop on BABY SHOWER for violating Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)
The Home Office’s shocker ad is not the first attempt by the government to scare its citizenry into compliance. A multi-media campaign last month urged Brits to “act like you've got it” and stay at home, regardless of how healthy they felt. The Home Office had to pull another ad released in January, which stated that "someone jogging, walking their dog or working out in the park is highly likely to have Covid-19.”
The anti-piracy ads of the 2000s did little to stop illegal downloading, and if £10,000 fines haven’t stopped British teenagers from holding illegal parties, the latest ad is unlikely to succeed either, no matter how “dystopian” a picture it paints.
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