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Essential Workers Do Not Need Your Fucking Clapping

Watching the 2020 NFL Draft over the weekend, it was impossible to not notice the nonstop ads ‘praising’ health care and front line essential workers for their brave ‘sacrifice’ battling Coronavirus while we all stay at home and clap for them.

This whole situation seems patronizing and gross.

Coronavirus is twice as contagious as the flu and drastically more deadly considering there’s a flu vaccine and the only treatment for Coronavirus is like, an IV drop and Tom Hanks money. The government has suggested we all self-quarantine to stop the spread and flatten the curve as the only way to fight this plague right now is to literally stop giving it to each other.

Well, everyone except for health care workers of course, who are tasked with working 12+ straight hours shifts in overcrowded hospitals and medical facilities with extremely limited resources being forced to pick and choose which patients get ventilators and which patients get to die.

After a 13-hour shift of playing god, nurses get about two hours off before their next 18-hour shift and in that time they get flooded with inauthentic ads every 10 minutes giving them a round of applause for a sacrifice that they didn’t really choose to make.

But it’s not just hospital workers who are forced to look death in the eyes during this quarantine. ‘Essential workers’ include grocery store workers who are flooded with hundreds upon hundreds gross ass customers coughing and doing god knows what before they enter the store and start touching everything.

At least doctors and nurses went to school and dedicated their lives to helping sick people. These cashiers didn’t sign up for a minimum wage job that could KILL them or their family if they interact with the wrong customer.

Do you know how much pride you have to swallow to throw on a Burger King uniform to sit in the drive thru window and now, you’re one of the only person working in the midst of the apocalypse while lazy people hand you poison money?

Everyone in New York clapping at 7pm doesn’t mean anything. Employees that work 10 hour days in dark dirty Amazon warehouses for $13 an hour have always been undervalued and underappreciated and these workers aren’t suddenly motivated to rush to work because of a commercial where Chris Paul says ‘thanks’ or whatever.

These frontline workers don’t have the benefit of working from home and quarantining or getting paid leave. They often don’t even have health care. They’re not working because they’re fucking heroes. They’re working because they literally cannot afford not to. The guy stocking shelves at your local Walgreens is working in the heart of a pandemic facing death because the alternative is not getting paychecks and not feeding himself and facing death.

How about instead of hanging ‘thank you’ banners outside of your local business we turn our attention to our political leaders who have done nothing to help Americans get through this ordeal.

For those who can’t work at home, a one-time $1,200 stimulus check that most people haven’t even received yet, does nothing but put a bandaid over a decapitated neck hole.

Give these essential workers more money. Don’t clap at them. Don’t make TV commercials thanking them. You want to make life better for nurses and doctors? Stay the fuck inside and stop getting other people sick.

Hold our leaders accountable. Stopping coronavirus should be priority number one. There is no reason why America that has a fraction of the population of India has exponentially more COVID-19 cases outside of the fact that the United States government has prioritized the economy over our health. They do not care whether we live or die as they continue to flirt with the idea that Corona might be a hoax. All it takes is a few protesters yelling about their civil liberties and calling quarantines ‘communism’ and governors who want to open their states up have the green light to do so.

This applause for essential workers is disgusting and entirely self serving. Get Gal Gadot and her Hollywood friends singing John Lennon songs the fuuuuuuck OUT of here.

There is a plant in Pennsylvania where over 40 employees spent 28 straight days putting together N95 face masks before finally being able to go home a month later. They got overtime money. That’s dope. No one should have to work overtime to get paid enough to survive.

Overtime isn’t a benefit it’s a carrot on a stick. You kill yourself working these insane hours for more money that your company obviously has the money to afford and should just be paying you that hourly salary working regular hours.

But I’m sure those employees feel so much better because you’re clapping on your balcony at 8pm every night. Even though you’re recording it so you can post it on Instagram and get Likes and it’s all performative nonsense to make yourself feel better about making a Door Dash guy bring you a single Domino’s lava cake.

Stop clapping to make yourselves feel better about relying on frontline workers to put their lives at risk. Stay home so this Coronavirus can end and they can stop putting their lives at risk. Stop going to Florida beaches or Georgia bowling alleys or whatever crimes you’re committing in Las Vegas.

Just stay home and force the government’s hand in actually providing financial safety nets for the people instead of trillion dollar bailouts to banks so they can continue serving you with overdraft fees even though your job shutdown.

Stop. Fucking. Clapping.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TheLesterLee

Written by TheLesterLee

Created Deadseriousness after being fired from every job I've ever had. One faithful night I drew the conclusion that if I was going to be unemployed, I might as well write articles that will guarantee I am un-hireable going forward. This website is the equivalent to a face tattoo.

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