“I still wish virologists could determine our lives. Only they know what’s healthy for us,” Nina Proll said ironically in a video of the “Close Everything” campaign. 51 German and Austrian actors have posted clips on YouTube criticizing the current Corona measures. In another video, Proll’s colleague Miriam Stein, also satirically, argues that you can only go to the PCR test with a negative PCR test. And “Tatort” TV commissioner Jan Josef Liefers says: “We must all do what we are told. This is the only way we can get through the pandemic.”
The YouTube channel where the videos are shown already has 26,000 subscribers and 1.6 million views. However, it is unclear who organized the action and how seriously it was intended. There are several greats from the TV landscape, from Heike Makatsch to Ulrich Tukur, from Manuel Rubey to Nicholas Ofczarek. On the one hand, they received praise for the protest, for example from the former German president for protection of the constitution Hans-Georg Maaßen or from the AfD member of the Bundestag Joana Cotar. On the other hand, there is also fierce criticism, in which the celebrities would place themselves in the camp of right and left thinkers with their statements.
Linz set designer Jan Hax Halama sharply criticized the action on Facebook: “What should it be? Irony? Satire? Art? It’s just bad! And pitifully cynical! And mocking all those who really fight this battle every day ! “
In view of the ongoing criticism, several participants have already distanced themselves from the action.
Jan Josef Liefers reminded him of any close-knit theorist, Heike Makatsch insisted that she did not want to reduce the suffering of Covid sufferers. Meret Becker announced on Instagram that she would delete her video: “This action hit back.”