Rolling Covid in Pop Culture Thread

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I've seen the onset of Covid interrupt or curtail a few documentaries, I've seen a couple of shows and movies where Covid probably required some degree of social distancing into the shoot, and Covid looms large in this new season of "The Amazing Race," but here's a thread for fictional shows/movies/etc. that explicitly acknowledge or incorporate Covid. For example, the first episode of the new season of "The Righteous Gemstones" definitely alludes to Covid, though so far it hasn't gone beyond that. But in the new season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," a character actually catches Covid and is mocked for being the only one not vaccinated. I assume we're going to start seeing more references like this, and probably have already. So here's a place to note them.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:02 (ten months ago) link

Don't know if "Don't Look Up" is specific enough. I think Streep is clearly modelled on Trump and his COVID response (the rest is climate change).

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:06 (ten months ago) link

And DiCaprio is sort of Fauci, at least the reluctant celebrity part (before he became vilified by the right).

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:08 (ten months ago) link

Haven’t seen it yet but there’s no way the new season of it’s always sunny doesn’t cover the pandemic

Nerd Ragequit (wins), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:10 (ten months ago) link

lol I know that’s in the op - I meant to write curb. Same thing

Nerd Ragequit (wins), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:11 (ten months ago) link

the newest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has one plot point with it (Albert Brooks as a "Covid hoarder") but otherwise doesn't mention it, despite the fact that Covid could single handedly drive ten seasons worth of Curb plots

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has one opening scene where everyone is wearing masks, otherwise it goes unmentioned

tbh I'm fine with TV shows and movies just pretending the pandemic didn't happen. it's supposed to be escapism isn't it?

frogbs, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:11 (ten months ago) link

Re: "Don't Look Up," I'm sure there are allusions to current events, but I'm thinking of characters in shows and movies specifically mentioning Covid, or wearing masks, or getting sick or quarantining, that sort of thing. It's been long enough that I'm sure we're going to see more and more of that.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:12 (ten months ago) link

(xpost) Came to the same conclusion. I'd see a recent film and wonder "How can they keep making films where COVID doesn't exist?" And then I'd answer my own question: "Because nobody wants to pay money to see glamorous movie stars wearing masks?"

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:14 (ten months ago) link

I can see both sides to it. There's definitely room for Covid in comedy (ironically enough), and that's where I always figured it would first crop up. (A Covid drama would be insufferable.) And yet, there's not going to be movies with people wearing masks, and if there are no masks then they might as well, yeah, pretend Covid doesn't exist entirely. At the same time, tbh the last couple of years have left me kind of wincing a little whenever I watch something that depicts what used to be normal.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:19 (ten months ago) link

(Unless it's Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.)

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e9/69/34/e96934e38ee375836b18d99b0579fb3b.jpg

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:20 (ten months ago) link

That's not how you wear it!!!!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:23 (ten months ago) link

(God, I don't want it to be this thread, but is there a thread of people in movies and TV wearing masks?)

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:24 (ten months ago) link

And DiCaprio is sort of Fauci, at least the reluctant celebrity part (before he became vilified by the right).

― clemenza, Friday, January 21, 2022 2:08 PM (nineteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol old camera shy fauci dragged into spotlight

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:28 (ten months ago) link

Now that I think about it, it may be inevitable that we get a movie where everyone is masked, and it will be praised for being provocative, or challenging, or brutally honest or confrontational or something like that.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:31 (ten months ago) link

God, I don't want it to be this thread

jesus christ don’t go making even more threads about covid

mh, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:35 (ten months ago) link

i watched some low budget indie drama about a couple going through 2020 covid & lockdown and it was terrible on its own merits, but also i'm not dying to see movies right now where people are going through the exact same stressful & depressing calamity that i'm literally experiencing while watching the movie.

the HBO Scenes from a Marriage remake had these weird behind-the-scenes bits that showed the actors showing up in masks & going through covid protocols to get onto the set and into position before beginning the first scene of each episode. it was very strange bc the fictional show itself didnt address covid, but they seemed at pains to underline the fact that it was made during covid for some reason.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:37 (ten months ago) link

I watched a japanese tv comedy drama centered on a company doctor who has to police mask wearing (Remolove) and I was impressed by how expressive the actors had to be using just their eyes.

visiting, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:42 (ten months ago) link

Great, another covid thread

mardheamac (gyac), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:42 (ten months ago) link

"The Amazing Race" this week is the first (in this case, non-scripted) show I think I've seen with the "cast" frequently masked. But like I said, I've already seen it disrupt a few docs, which was ... weird. Like in "Homeroom," about activism in Oakland public schools, when it pops up and everything is thrown into a state of confusion that seems at once all too familiar but also already 100 years ago. Or sometimes it *hasn't* happened yet, like in season 2 of "Cheer," which began filming in January 2020, and you just know it's going to eventually hit when the calendar year depicted creeps forward. Very Sword of Damocles.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:43 (ten months ago) link

There have a number of remote learning/work from home/zoom call Nancy strips.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 21 January 2022 20:46 (ten months ago) link

Ooh, that reminds me, speaking of "Sunny," "Mythic Quest" made a really touching (iirc) episode that addressed the pandemic and quarantine and isolation.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 20:52 (ten months ago) link

Dilbert wore a mask for a while!

Johnny Mathis der Maler (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 21 January 2022 21:36 (ten months ago) link

last episode of the first season of How To with John Wilson was filmed in March 2020 and is a good document of how freaky those first few weeks were

frogbs, Friday, 21 January 2022 21:43 (ten months ago) link

xp was just going to post that exact thought abt John Wilson. yeah the tone of everyday surrealism they had established with the show helped a lot when that episode came around. Also the way they put the episode together, letting the pandemic slowly creep in around the edges of the frame, was a lot more powerful & interesting than things where a narrator comes in and goes "then all of a sudden... everything changed."

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 21 January 2022 21:48 (ten months ago) link

The second season of Work in Progress is an uncomfortably accurate re-creation of the early months of Covid.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 21 January 2022 21:55 (ten months ago) link

Dilbert wore a mask for a while!

Given the, ahem, brains behind the strip I'm assuming he wore it while ranting against masks.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 21 January 2022 21:58 (ten months ago) link

lol old camera shy fauci dragged into spotlight

I overstated that, I agree, but I honestly believe he's first and foremost a science guy who takes the public relations/quasi-celebrity aspect of his job as secondary, a means to push the science.

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 22:02 (ten months ago) link

(Which, I know, is not an argument for this thread.)

clemenza, Friday, 21 January 2022 22:04 (ten months ago) link

Seconding (thirding?) that John Wilson episode, that was unexpectedly moving.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 21 January 2022 22:05 (ten months ago) link

Came to the same conclusion. I'd see a recent film and wonder "How can they keep making films where COVID doesn't exist?" And then I'd answer my own question: "Because nobody wants to pay money to see glamorous movie stars wearing masks?"

Bad Luck Banging Or Loony Porn is set in the present day, and it’s a MASSIVE RELIEF to finally see a film or TV thing in which mask-wearing is completely normal, right down to a non-masker losing their rag at a supermarket checkout person, and people at a parent-teacher conference fiddling with their masks while speaking, or getting tsked for dicknosing.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine approach was mindblowingly stupid.

Simon Hanselmann’s graphic novel Crisis Zone was serialised daily from March to December 2020 (now in its second printing as a 300pp book) and is a hilarious depiction of covid madness.

dark end of the st. maud (sic), Friday, 21 January 2022 22:07 (ten months ago) link

Given the, ahem, brains behind the strip I'm assuming he wore it while ranting against masks.

actually wouldn't surprise me if he was pro-mask, pro-lockdown etc. there's no real consistency to anything in his worldview. he blocked me from Twitter after I sent him Dilbert/Garfield hentai so I wouldn't know

frogbs, Friday, 21 January 2022 22:09 (ten months ago) link

Quoting Soto's review of "Drive My Car:"

A startling thing happened fifteen minutes before the end credits of Drive My Car: characters in masks appear in a store. Because most films screened in the last eighteen months were made before the pandemic, to watch one in which our lived reality unfolds without comment or calling special attention to itself is a tonic.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 21 January 2022 22:33 (ten months ago) link

actually wouldn't surprise me if he was pro-mask, pro-lockdown etc. there's no real consistency to anything in his worldview. he blocked me from Twitter after I sent him Dilbert/Garfield hentai so I wouldn't know

lol, I'm not about to go start poking around his twitter feed to find out, lest I spend the last hours of a Friday afternoon clawing my eyes out.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 21 January 2022 22:38 (ten months ago) link

He’s not really a right winger, he’s a guy who predicted Trump would win back when everyone thought he was a joke which led to him getting interviews and TV appearances as Trump started doing well in the primaries. Of course he got basically everything else wrong but the Trump stuff got him attention so naturally it became his whole personality

frogbs, Friday, 21 January 2022 22:44 (ten months ago) link

Season five of Billions was something like 7 episodes into an 11-episode season when the set shut down. The finished episodes aired in early 2020 and the rest were shot and released later.

Watch these later episodes for examples of a show that was clearly shot during lockdown (with one of the leads stuck in the UK). The first episode "back" has everyone in masks for a few scenes, but then there's mention that the hedge-fund staff was all given early access to a vaccine (this was winter 2020-21) and that's it for masks.

Still there are lots of conference calls, cell-phone conversations, and even a dinner party with some guests on screens -- pretty clear that the episodes were rewritten with the mandate to do whatever to get the episodes completed. And Paul Giamatti lost weight and shaved his beard during the hiatus, so that stands out too.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Friday, 21 January 2022 22:56 (ten months ago) link

Scott Adams actually is pro-mask and -vaccination, cf. his beef with Garrison.

Johnny Mathis der Maler (Boring, Maryland), Saturday, 22 January 2022 01:32 (ten months ago) link

please tell me they’re trading dis tracks

dark end of the st. maud (sic), Saturday, 22 January 2022 05:56 (ten months ago) link

i watched some low budget indie drama about a couple going through 2020 covid & lockdown and it was terrible on its own merits

drop the name, yo, bad low budget indie dramas are my thing

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 22 January 2022 06:41 (ten months ago) link

i believe it was called Together? James McEvoy and his wife screaming at each other for 90 minutes, if thats your thing

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Saturday, 22 January 2022 13:33 (ten months ago) link

"Save Yourselves!" was one of those accidentally apt covid films. A total coincidence - it premiered at Sundance in January 2020 - but basically a covid quarantine satire in all but name.

Apparently the new Sally Rooney novel features some covid stuff. Gary Shteyngart's most recent novel Our Country Friends is I think a satire about a group of bourgeois bohemian Manhattanites heading to the Hudson Valley to quarantine together and wait out the pandemic. I doubt that's the last of where we'll see covid pop up in fiction.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 22 January 2022 13:47 (ten months ago) link

Superstore’s whole last season is about covid. The whole show is great and seemed to perfect to turn on a dime and find so many jokes around it.

The Akwafina TV show had a kinda sweet, kinda dumb episode about it.

Mostly though I just don’t wanna see the most boring and depressing part of my life all over again.

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 23 January 2022 22:53 (ten months ago) link

The new Lena Dunham movie (Sharp Stick) takes place in L.A. during Covid, so basically the characters wear masks when outside their homes. It may be the first “2020-21 Covid” nostalgia movie, since everyone’s wearing cloth masks.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Monday, 24 January 2022 00:38 (ten months ago) link

Ooh, that reminds me, speaking of "Sunny," "Mythic Quest" made a really touching (iirc) episode that addressed the pandemic and quarantine and isolation.

― Josh in Chicago, Friday, January 21, 2022 2:52 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

This was interesting, because that episode came out in spring 2020 as a stand-alone episode between S1 and S2. Then, when S2 started, the show vaguely alluded to the pandemic as the reason C.W. was still working remotely. (Rob McElhenney explained that he didn't want to endanger octogenarian F. Murray Abraham.) But then it wasn't mentioned again, the rest of the characters interacted with each other in an office like nothing had happened, and Abraham eventually reintegrated with the rest of the cast.

So, in the world of the show, COVID was something that only existed in 2020 and had already ceased to be a major concern by early 2021. In a way, this was weirder than if the show had simply never bothered to mention it at all.

jaymc, Monday, 24 January 2022 00:53 (ten months ago) link

That was Curb’s stated reasoning, too - David and Shaffer simply assumed the pandemic would be completely over by the time the season aired.

dark end of the st. maud (sic), Monday, 24 January 2022 03:11 (ten months ago) link

The second series of Morning Show, though it takes quite a while to get around to it.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 27 January 2022 06:14 (nine months ago) link

Marvel actress Evangeline Lilly attended the D.C. anti-vax protest last weekend where RFK Jr. compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust, saying she's for "bodily sovereignty": https://t.co/2GdYSjwNog

— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) January 27, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 27 January 2022 21:07 (nine months ago) link

what's the german word for "disappointed but not surprised"

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Friday, 28 January 2022 02:36 (nine months ago) link

The new 30-minute Aziz Ansari special is mostly about Covid and vaccines. Haven't seen many new comedy specials, but this is the fullest set of material I've seen around it all.

deep luminous trombone (Eazy), Friday, 28 January 2022 03:57 (nine months ago) link

I'm actually quite onboard with seeing covid depicted in media; one thing about it is it's one of the very few (only??) events I've witnessed that was truly GLOBAL so there's something touching in seeing media from different countries tackle it. Leading me to:

Ooh, that reminds me, speaking of "Sunny," "Mythic Quest" made a really touching (iirc) episode that addressed the pandemic and quarantine and isolation.

Yes that was really lovely and makes for a nice companion piece to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QGi6Y6NZLI

Also on the same wavelenght, the David Tennant/Michael Sheen show Staged.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 28 January 2022 12:17 (nine months ago) link

Random comment on a different board:

one thing i’ve noticed about stuff that was filmed over covid is that i’m very consciously aware of it and everyone just seems a little ‘off’. people stand just a little too far away from each other when they’re talking, just a few too many scenes taking place outside and i have no other way to describe it other than i kind of ‘feel’ it in the performances.

i’ve felt it in everything from this to spider-man no way home to don’t look up. it’s not in everything that’s been made, but i definitely notice it when i notice it. am i alone in this?

It's kind of a Schrodinger's Covid situation, imo. If I'm looking for it I definitely notice it, unless the only reason I'm noticing it is because I'm looking for it and finding it, even if it's not the case. I recall Mare of Easttown filmed mostly before Covid but did some pickups and reshoots during Covid, so as we watched that I kept trying to figure out which scenes were filmed when, based partly on the aforementioned (where actors were standing, how scenes were blocked, etc.). But of course there is no way to know if any of that was due to Covid or just how they decided to shoot it. Certainly in that particular show I don't recall anything glaring, which could mean the makers made an effort to disguise the impositions of Covid, or could mean there was simply nothing Covid-y to see!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 31 January 2022 14:18 (nine months ago) link

one thing i’ve noticed about stuff that was filmed over covid is that i’m very consciously aware of it and everyone just seems a little ‘off’. people stand just a little too far away from each other when they’re talking, just a few too many scenes taking place outside and i have no other way to describe it other than i kind of ‘feel’ it in the performances.

reads like creepypasta

brisk money (lukas), Monday, 31 January 2022 14:44 (nine months ago) link

http://www.ericwalters.net/novels/dont-stand-so-close-to-me/

Spotted in the library while browsing with my kid

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 07:05 (nine months ago) link

i believe it was called Together? James McEvoy and his wife screaming at each other for 90 minutes, if thats your thing

I watched this and I thought it was excellent.

joni mitchell jarre (anagram), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 08:00 (nine months ago) link

the second series of This Way Up (Aisling Bea thing) ends just as the first lockdown is approaching. seems slightly sinister almost.

kinder, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 08:15 (nine months ago) link

and Help was specifically about covid in care homes

kinder, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 08:17 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Latest "Righteous Gemstone" might be the first time I've heard a character actually say the word "covid." Though I also suddenly remembered that "Borat" might have been the first thing this pandemic to show the pandemic, so maybe it mentioned "covid," too. Though maybe not.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 01:16 (nine months ago) link

Iirc, they ended the American version of Shameless with the William H. Macy character dying of Covid.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 02:34 (nine months ago) link

Drive My Car and Worst Person In The World both end with scenes set in the mask-wearing present without the scripts needing to comment on it

symsymsym, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 03:36 (nine months ago) link

I honestly find it kind of weird sometimes how scarce it is in TV/movies. It was one thing to avoid depicting it when it seemed like the pandemic would be over in a couple of months and everyone would go back to normal, but even if the virus vanished off the face of the earth tomorrow, we would still be living in a world that was ravaged by a pandemic for the past two years. How do the shows that have ignored it eventually adapt to that?

I guess the fact that the experience of living through it has changed so much over time makes people reluctant to depict anything will potentially seem dated a few months later. See, for instance, this interview about the movie Kimi (which does depict COVID) with director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter David Koepp:

What were your thoughts about having the pandemic hover over Kimi?
Soderbergh: The film we felt needed to be made soon because of its topicality, and if we wanted to set it in a real universe, so that meant we were forced to deal with COVID. Obviously, the movie would work without it. It just added a layer of complication physically and psychologically that absolutely played to the premise of the film. So, we kind of inherited it without asking, but it wasn't a bad thing. The questions were a year ago last March and April when we were shooting, How prevalent do we make COVID in something that's going to come out 10 months from now?

Koepp: I'll be a little less modest. You got it exactly right. It was really prescient. If you see the movie, some people wear masks, some don't. It was hard to speculate, though, at the time because I think we started talking about it when there was a script in August, September of 2020. And I'm delighted with the way you did it because it reflects life right now. And when I watch movies now, if they're new movies, if everybody's in a mask, I want to turn it off because I feel like, "No, that's a lockdown movie. I was in lockdown. I don't need to see that." And if nobody's in a mask, I say, "What world are these lunatics living in?"

jaymc, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 03:36 (nine months ago) link

I assume, at least for now, that any time we see people wearing masks it's because the film was shot during covid. Assuming that eventually (hopefully) more or less no one will absolutely need to wear a mask, I wonder how long until someone makes a movie or TV show that puts everyone in masks on purpose. Or hell, how long until some inevitable perverse covid nostalgia kicks in? Or a some movie or show comes out set in an anti-lockdown community?

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 23 February 2022 13:29 (nine months ago) link

How long until someone makes a record and describes it as "covidcore"?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 15:12 (nine months ago) link

Oh fuck me

https://bandcamp.com/tag/covidcore?artist=2968869255

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 23 February 2022 15:13 (nine months ago) link

https://bis.se/shop/thumbnails/shop/17115/art15/h6810/5066810-origpic-159f31.jpg_0_0_100_100_250_250_0.jpg

Songs of Solitude was conceived by the violist Hiyoli Togawa at a time when a virus was forcing people across the world into isolation and she herself needed to find a new rhythm of life as concert after concert was being cancelled. As she relates in the booklet to the disc, playing Bach – music that combines powerful emotions with a crystal-clear structure – became part of her daily routine, along with walks along the empty streets of Berlin. During these, the importance of remaining creative became even clearer to her, along with the idea to offer people the opportunity through music to reflect upon the difficulties of living through a pandemic. Having recently collaborated with the composer Kalevi Aho, she came upon the idea of asking him and a number of other composers to write for her – pieces that would ‘reflect life and work in the time of the coronavirus and that distil isolation in music’.

The result is Songs of Solitude – works for solo viola commissioned from 11 different composers and interwoven with sarabandes from Bach’s cello suites. The individual pieces range from the meditative (Toshio Hosokawa reminiscing in his version of the traditional Sakura) to the defiant (Johanna Doderer’s Shadows). Some of them even provided Hiyoli with musical company – Aho’s Am Horizont requires her to play two parts on the viola while singing a third, and the piece by John Powell is written for nine voices, recorded in multitrack. The album was recorded in Berlin during three periods, June to October 2020, as the various pieces arrived and the restrictions in place at the time permitted.

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 28 February 2022 05:35 (eight months ago) link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Elton_John_-_The_Lockdown_Sessions.png

Elton John - The Lockdown Sessions

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Monday, 28 February 2022 05:36 (eight months ago) link

Um

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBD8X5zLG4U

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 March 2022 20:20 (eight months ago) link

This movie will be four hours long, whereas the trailer only feels like it.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 6 March 2022 22:47 (eight months ago) link

It has to be four hours long to allow for all the improv.

(I didn't make it to the end of the trailer, tbh.)

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 6 March 2022 22:48 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Is... R Crumb antivax?

lmao I hadn't read the Crumb anti-vax comic, what a mess https://t.co/x28dRg1IgN

— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) March 28, 2022

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 28 March 2022 19:41 (seven months ago) link

now that's a comic that's got a little bit of everything

mh, Monday, 28 March 2022 20:20 (seven months ago) link

I don't think a true anti-vaxxer would make the punchline of the comic be "I am having a mental breakdown while my vaccinated wife is living a good life".

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:01 (seven months ago) link

Calling "He's A Rebel" a 50's song is pretty dangerous misinformation tho.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 March 2022 22:02 (seven months ago) link

Indeed. I'd like to see what Vikki Carr says about that.

The Central Rockaliser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 March 2022 22:33 (seven months ago) link

L&O: SVU S22E12 does the whole furlough / old people dying / schools closing / businesses going under thing as a cold open, leading to a hostage situation in a restaurant.

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2022 10:42 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

L&O: Organized Crime has a villian transporting black-market covid 19 vaccines in ice cream trucks.

koogs, Friday, 24 June 2022 19:47 (five months ago) link

Heard a song about wanting to get back to normal after Covid by UK folk singer Beans On Toast, it was called "Human Contact" and was not good.

Portrait Of A Dissolvi Ng Drea M (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 24 June 2022 19:55 (five months ago) link

the Organised Crime episode, they are now having a vaccination party for the rich with the stolen vaccines

koogs, Friday, 24 June 2022 20:06 (five months ago) link

Today I learned that Robert Crumb is still alive. For some reason I had it in my head that he committed suicide after appearing in Crumb, but that was his brother.

Of all the people I turn to for life advice, Robert Crumb isn't on that list because until just now I thought he was dead. But if he had been on that list, he wouldn't have.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 24 June 2022 20:10 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

An episode of "The Bear" makes a reference in passing to how the restaurant survived covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 11 July 2022 02:16 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

in the final season of Superstore they had a covid episode featuring panic-shopping

koogs, Thursday, 11 August 2022 07:57 (three months ago) link

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/08/the-unabashed-spectacle-of-p-valley

After a two-year hiatus, “P-Valley” ’s second season premièred this June. We had to wait one episode to return to the Pynk. The coronavirus, or “the rona,” has invaded Chucalissa. Uncle Clifford and Autumn Night, the Pynk’s new co-owner—at the end of Season 1, she miraculously saved the club in an auction—have set up a mobile operation. A client, bored with his family in quarantine, may steer his vehicle through a car wash, where masked women will give him a neon-lit show. The covid story lines this season far exceed much of what I’ve seen since television writers began broaching our pandemic reality. “P-Valley” meditates on the culture of pandemic life—the paranoia, the illness, and the economic precarity it wrought and continues to wreak—by incorporating it into the preëxisting action.

A lot of the rona riffing is darkly funny. One dancer sneezes on a client, who turns out to be a health inspector. Uncle Clifford dashes around the town, struggling to secure P.P.E. before the inspector returns. But other facets are spectral; we get the sense that the writers want to endow our national illness with a lore. Loretta Devine plays Granmuva Ernestine, Uncle Clifford’s maternal figure, a blind woman who owned the Pynk decades ago, when it was a juke joint. Ernestine gets covid. In her delirium, she journeys to a river, where she begs to be cleansed. She calls out to her daughter, Clifford’s dead mother, and soon Clifford is seeing visions in her Cadillac’s rearview mirror.

jaymc, Thursday, 11 August 2022 14:07 (three months ago) link

L&O SVU had everyone masked up and awkwardly taking masks off to talk for about 3 episodes then just gave up.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 23 August 2022 05:42 (three months ago) link

there were screens in the courtroom, but yes, quickly dropped.

whereas Superstore stayed with it until the end of the show (albeit only a dozen or so episodes later)

i never know the kind of lag there is between recording and airing but i think we'll be seeing presenters standing strangely far away from each other for a while yet. Forged In Fire, i notice, has extra-long judge's tables at the moment.

koogs, Tuesday, 23 August 2022 07:37 (three months ago) link

What's a Freevee?

it’s IMDB TV’s new name

you know, like the CPE

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Tuesday, 23 August 2022 07:53 (three months ago) link

wait, CPA

Jeff’s branding is impeccable

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Tuesday, 23 August 2022 07:53 (three months ago) link

"The Rehearsal" was largely mask-free, but masks did pop up now and then among the crew (when revealed) and sometimes background actors or brief appearances from other characters. I don't know what union rules/filming regulations are right now, but I still see lots of behind the scenes promo shots of films/shows where the cast/crew is masked. Like these:

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/c_fit,f_auto,g_center,pg_1,q_60,w_1315/e7d6c45634d22d8a8fda550b37f7f6a4.jpg

Our shoot on Instagram/Our shoot on twitter pic.twitter.com/mjaArmR5Vw

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) August 22, 2022

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 23 August 2022 12:12 (three months ago) link

I don't know what union rules/filming regulations are right now, but I still see lots of behind the scenes promo shots of films/shows where the cast/crew is masked.

I'm adjacent to a lot of this and it's a miracle itself that AMPTP, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, and Basic Crafts unions could agree on any kind of basic covid protocols w.r.t. vaccination and masks. The current agreements expire on October 31 and I doubt they'll be renewed again. For the most part it's working but constantly under the threat of hair-trigger clusterfucks. Movie stars who refuse to be vaccinated but have pull to keep from being re-cast. Various "normalization of deviance" behaviors to cut costs.

My favorite story was a production/super-spreader event that infected several dozen people with omicron just before everyone went home to their families for Thanksgiving (and in turn infecting dozens more). The person who infected everyone on set? The covid safety officer.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 25 August 2022 02:38 (three months ago) link

Thats brilliantly fucked up.

Movie stars who refuse to be vaccinated but have pull to keep from being re-cast

Would loovvvveee to know who those cunce are.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Thursday, 25 August 2022 05:51 (three months ago) link

Some names named in this article from October 2021
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/covid-vaccine-mandate-hollywood-1235026178/

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 25 August 2022 11:01 (three months ago) link

Finally saw "Worst Person in the World," and, yeah, ends with people in masks (with no commentary).

Have been playing the "Spider-man" video game, and even though it came out in 2018 there are stretches of everyone wearing surgical masks around NYC because of an airborne respiratory contagion, which is just a weird coincidence.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 September 2022 13:34 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Reading the surprise fifth book in Dave Hutchison's Fractured Europe Sequence, one of the near-future events of the earlier books was a global flu pandemic. It's back in flashbacks and there is so much mask and lockdown talk, many asides about stupid Americans refusing to social distance and dying by the bushel.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 20 November 2022 06:34 (six days ago) link

(also would recommend the series if you're into Gibson and Le Carre)

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 20 November 2022 06:36 (six days ago) link

I only learned this existed a week ago, ordered it immediately.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 20 November 2022 11:37 (six days ago) link

Died Suddenly is the newest antivax crap trending right now

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2022/11/22/new-died-suddenly-film-pushes-unfounded-depopulation-claims-about-covid-19-vaccine

StanM, Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:08 (four days ago) link

"Glass Onion" !

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 24 November 2022 21:05 (two days ago) link


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