The Brief: People are sharing memes parodying how large crowds are gathering in public places, even as people are supposed to be practicing social distancing.
Large crowds vs. social distancing memes are about how many people appear to be flouting lockdown and shelter in place orders and congregating at the beach and in parks.
As many states are well into their second month of lockdown orders and the weather starts to heat up, photos have been released that appear to depict people breaking social distancing rules by congregating in large crowds in parks and on beaches. While there is debate as to how accurately some of these photos portray these situations, meme-makers and jokesters have taken the liberty of posting commentary about these social distancing rule-breakers on social media.
Memes about people gathering in large crowds despite COVID-19 often pretend that a work of art, illustration, or movie scene is evidence of people ignoring social distancing measures.
One viral post by Michael Hartney on Twitter read “DISGUSTING THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN TODAY IN BROOKLYN STOP BEING SELFISH AND STAY HOME” along with an image of the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. This meme inspired similar posts and jokes about how other art classics might be read in the age of Coronavirus.
DISGUSTING THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN TODAY IN BROOKLYN STOP BEING SELFISH AND STAY HOME pic.twitter.com/zonzs1YqFt
— Michael Hartney (@MichaelHartney) May 2, 2020
Be more like these people! pic.twitter.com/XPteilM1TX
— Kevin Douglas (@KevinSDouglas) May 3, 2020
Better still: pic.twitter.com/18j010nsZC
— FoolishOwl (@Foolish_Owl) May 3, 2020
One Chicago resident photoshopped Mayor Lightfoot into the painting, referencing her strict enforcement of social distancing.
Photoshop challenge by Ann McGregor
Posted by Josh Fontenot on Friday, 3 April 2020
DISGUSTING THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN THIS WEEKEND AT HUNTINGTON BEACH. STOP BEING SELFISH AND STAY HOME pic.twitter.com/5XWIhPc9PB
— Agoyo 🌌 (@OtoneClouds) May 3, 2020
Clay Bennett, a cartoonist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, reimagines ‘Where’s Waldo’ in the age of social distancing. https://t.co/ykurKUPzT7
— My Modern Met (@mymodernmet) April 13, 2020
really disappointed to see these 30somethings-pretending-to-be-teenagers in a park clearly flouting social distancing rules. come on guys pic.twitter.com/oOKoMeFXic
— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) May 4, 2020
this is about right pic.twitter.com/sy2Uz0kjqP
— Jake Anbinder (@JakeAnbinder) May 4, 2020
Really disgusted by this picture I found of people in the park flaunting social distancing recommendations. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. I don't know where this photo is from but please retweet to spread the word and save a life pic.twitter.com/Eg2I1WpG7C
— no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here (@ridiculouscrabs) May 4, 2020
so disgusting how no one is practicing social distancing… took this pic in the park today pic.twitter.com/yXCbpbwDi4
— grass (@catdealer239) May 3, 2020
Really disgusted by this picture I found of people in the park flaunting social distancing recommendations. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. I don't know where this photo is from but please retweet to spread the word and save a life. pic.twitter.com/4Js3KX8K4L
— Raphael Bob-Waksberg (@RaphaelBW) May 4, 2020
Went for a walk yesterday in Springfield. Everyone was mostly being safe by practicing #SocialDistancing until I arrived at the park…
This is APPALLING. pic.twitter.com/FgP74r9Xnz
— Zach Goldberg (@zgoldberg) May 4, 2020