You would figure that people would be done beefing on social media during a global pandemic. Yet, that’s not the case. Even when people try to help and do “the right” thing by encouraging people to comply with CDC guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak, there are still haters.
The New Jersey government posted a PSA featuring Jersey Shore cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. He encouraged people to social distance and stay safe, yet he still had some criticism in response.
The New Jersey government Twitter account posted, “Listen to @ItsTheSituation– we know Jersey loves to party but TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. STAY HOME and #FlattenTheCurve.”
The account also shared a video with The Situation saying, “This message is for the people by the people. We got a situation. What’s up guys? Big Daddy Sitch is in the building, aka The Situation, and I have a special message for New Jersey. New Jersey is tough. We love to party and we love even harder.”
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The Jersey Shore star continued, “But the time for parties is OVER. Some of us are not taking this situation seriously. In fact, some of us are prolonging this pandemic by not following simple guidelines. Okay, guys? Be smart and do your part to flatten the curve. Stay home, be positive, and practice social distancing. The comeback is always greater than the setback. We got this, New Jersey.”
Personally, I have no problems with anyone encouraging people to be careful and stay safe. However, there are some people who took issue with the reality TV star’s involvement with the PSA. One person tweeted, “I’m just not a big fan of taking advice from criminals. I’ll stick with scientists and healthcare providers. We have REALLY good scientists and healthcare providers in NJ.” For the record, the New Jersey Government and the CDC were involved with this video. Why is it a bad thing that Mike is involved? Can “criminals” not learn from their past mistakes and become better people?
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Another person posted, “@NJGov You so better than this. (Also don’t ever tell him the social distancing is over).” A different guy responded, “you’ve got to be kidding me with this Gov! Come on man.” Everyone is different. A lot of people take the government warnings seriously, but if Mike’s participation in this video gets just one person to comply, isn’t this a good thing?
Someone tweeted, “This is your first bad tweet.” What is “bad” about encouraging people to be responsbile? Please, enlighten me. Someone else remarked, “The Situation doing PSAs for COVID-19? We in the weird timeline.” Yes, we are, but at least he’s trying.
At least some people saw the good in this. A tweeter responded, “This guy has turned his life around and is now a positive influence for all. Why go at him like that!? Everyone makes mistakes. Mike has paid the price. I’m sure there’s some skeletons hanging around in your closet.” THANK YOU.
A different Twitter user wrote, “That was amazing, please stay home so we can fist pump at the bars again soon!” Another supportive person tweeted, “This is why BDS rules. He’s turned his life around so much now THE GOVERNMENT goes to HIM for help! Proud of you Mike!”
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Reality Tea recommends that all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible during this urgent time. Visit the Centers for Disease Control at CDC.gov or the World Health Organization at Who.int for the latest information on the coronavirus and learn what you can do to stop the spread.
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY GOVERNMENT INCLUDED THE JERSEY SHORE CAST MEMBER IN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT? HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE CRITICISM THE POST HAS RECEIVED?
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