- Dominican Dembow singer Yofrangel 911 dropped a coronavirus-themed music video called “Corona Virus” on YouTube last night and some Twitter users are freaking out.
- Accompanied by a chorus of fake sneezes, the singer rides in the back of an ambulance throughout the course of the video while singing in Spanish about the coronavirus to a catchy beat.
- It comes after a Dutch radio station apologised for playing a song that blamed the coronavirus on Chinese food. In China, a Les Misérables song about oppressive rule has become an anthem for people in affected areas.
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There is now a coronavirus anthem.
It begins with a hacking cough, and a chorus of fake sneezes, with the signature crown-shaped pathogens flying across the screen as Yofrangel convulses in the back of an ambulance, singing in Spanish about the virus, surrounded by people dressed as nurses and doctors.
Yofrangel tells listeners to “tápate la boca” (cover your mouth) to not get other people sick. He also lists some of his “symptoms” – an aching head, hand, and knee, none of which are actually associated with the coronavirus – and seems to be getting an injection of a clear liquid, though there is no known treatment or vaccine.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the coronavirus include shortness of breath, coughing, and a fever.
People on the internet had mixed responses to the song, as the effects of the virus are being felt worldwide.
The coronavirus is a delicate subject matter for an upbeat, jokey song, having infected over 40,500 people and killed more people than SARS.
But some begrudgingly found themselves taken by the tune. One Twitter user said: “is it sad that it kinda bops.”
They really made a dembow song about the corona virus I cannot ????
— Dana Lu (@DJDanaLu) February 9, 2020
This song address social issues and health awareness
— Black AF1s (@WA5ABiii) February 10, 2020
So proud of my country rn
— My fault OG ???? (@ProstateGoon) February 10, 2020
Another Twitter user even wrote the song could be used to help educate people on the virus in a public service announcement by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or the World Health Organisation.
— ANGY (@AskAngy) February 10, 2020
But not all commenters were impressed with the song, as one YouTube commenter wrote in Spanish they felt the song was disrespectful to people with the virus, “this video is disrespectful to the people and businesses losing so much thanks to this virus.”
Another YouTube commenter wrote, “The number of infected people, the number of people who have died and they come and take it as a joke. God have mercy.”
Drugmakers are currently working on vaccines to help combat the spread of the virus, which has been found in over 25 countries since the first case was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
The virus has turned into an online phenomenon, with people making other controversial coronavirus content
YoFrangel 911’s song isn’t the only song about the virus that has stirred controversy.
A Dutch radio station released an apology on February 8 after it played a song blaming the spread of the coronavirus on Chinese people and Chinese food.
“We don’t need the virus in our country, it is all caused by these stinking Chinese people,” the rough translation of the song reads, according to Indy100.
Meanwhile, in China, social media influencers have been posting “Can You Hear the People Sing?” – a song from the musical Les Misérables protesting the oppressive rule of the French monarchy, according to Mashable.
The subtle but controversial trend is an attempt to bring attention to the death of Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor responsible for bringing attention to the virus who some say was silenced by the government.
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