A CNN clip goes viral after an ad for Applebee’s followed a story about the death of Broadway star Nick Cordero, making for a surprising and daunting juxtaposition.
On Monday, CNN released a report on Cordero’s death at age 41 from COVID-19 complications, with dismal details about his 95-day battle with the virus.
After the report, CNN quit an ad block and immediately broadcast an ad for Abblebee’s announcement of a return to dining on duty – something that, taken immediately after COVID death news, highlighted a shocking disconnect.
On TV: A CNN clip goes viral after an Applebee ad followed a story about the death of Broadway star Nick Cordero, making for a startling and daunting juxtaposition
Report: Nick’s death was covered in the newscast before CNN ended a commercial hiatus
Switch: The first ad was a happy commercial advertisement that brought Applebee back to the dinner service
Back to normal? Accompanied by the Welcome Back theme song, Kotter, the cheerful ad ended with the words’ Welcome back, America. It’s good to see you ‘
In the report, the CNN anchor listed the complications Cordero faced during his fight with the virus, including a leg amputation.
She noted that his wife, Amanda Kloots, had documented his claims.
At the end of the report, the anchor said she would also interview a 37-year-old who has been fighting the virus for months.
The report ended with a pause of a few seconds before the camera dropped and CNN switched to a commercial break.
The first commercial was notable enough for Abblebee’s, which advertised its return to dinner service in some locations.
Tragic: Cordero, pictured with wife Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis, died at the age of 41 after three months of fighting the corona virus
Accompanied by the Welcome Back theme song, Kotter, the cheerful ad ended with the words’ Welcome back, America. It’s good to see you. ‘
Not long after, Twitter user Ryan Masri shared the video by writing, “This transition has really fueled me.”
Others agreed, noting how shocking it was to move from a news story about the death of a young man in a pandemic to a cheerful ad that seemed to present the pandemic over and over.
“America is literally a living satire / farce of itself,” wrote one commenter.
“Imagine being quarantined first, going to Applebee,” snapped another.
“Isn’t capitalism great during a pandemic?” asked a third.
Yikes! Commentators were horrified to see the shocking transition from a story about the death of a young man in a pandemic to a cheerful ad that seemed to present the pandemic as over
“Damn, that’s cruel. I don’t want Applebee to be my worst enemy, ”another quipped.
“Come to Applebee’s and die,” wrote a blunt commentator.
“Imagine dying for Applebee’s,” added another.
Others said they couldn’t believe the clip was real, calling the reality “hell” and “the bad place.”
Several states claim that reopened indoor dining restaurants have seen huge spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Many places have re-closed restaurants, including several counties in California, Florida and Texas, with plans to return to dinner in New York and New Jersey.
This morning, the US documented 2.89 million cases of COVID-19, more than any other country. The death toll is 130,000.