MEDIA COMMENTARY: Boris lambasted, Bolsonaro’s head in the sand, and Italian mayors on the rampage

22-24 March

Various leaders accused Boris Johnson of being too passive in his handling of the crisis. Emmanuel Macron threatened to close France’s border with the UK, and Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo, flew his two daughters back home from the Taunton and Canterbury, where they were studying, because even though Bergamo was absolutely battered by covid-19, he still deemed them safer there than in the UK.

Notably absent from the lineup of leaders criticising Johnson was Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who still blithely claimed that coronavirus was “a media trick” and no more serious than “a little flu”, even though more than 20 members of a delegation he led to the US contracted the virus and the health minister said that Brazil’s public health system was likely to collapse by the end of April. 

Hadley Freeman answered the question from a reader “Is it OK to shout at strangers who aren’t social distancing?” with her wholehearted blessing. 

“I am spending every day, all day, inside my home with three children under five and a deranged, underwalked terrier who barks incessantly at his own reflection in the window,” she said. “It is perhaps because of this that I spent most of the weekend wanting to shout at people. Not at the children or the dog. No, I wanted to shout at the people I could see casually strolling outside as if it were just another Sunday.”

Her favourite video at the moment, she said, was a compilation of Italian mayors shouting at citizens who weren’t respecting the lockdown:

Elsewhere, this superbly clickable headline did the rounds:

Unfortunately, the fact-checking website unmasked it as a hoax – which wasn’t hard, given that the World News Daily Report, which published the article, states on its website:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

One thought on “MEDIA COMMENTARY: Boris lambasted, Bolsonaro’s head in the sand, and Italian mayors on the rampage

  1. I just love the video of the Italian mayors. I especially love the mayor who’s wearing blue gloves castigating his citizens for hairdresser visits.: “You’ll corona virus in your hair instead of hairspray!”

    (Actually, maybe he should have said: “You’ll get hairspray AND corona virus!”)


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