This plague doctor in the background was an oddly welcome distraction from the news
The news took an unexpected turn recently, during a broadcast about the coronavirus pandemic by the BBC’s Helena Wilkinson, when someone wandered into shot wearing the mask of a plague doctor.
‘You want me to do a live news broadcast from Leicester Square?’
‘Yeah it’ll be fine, everyone is at home’
‘Oh okay, if you’re sure’ pic.twitter.com/nJAaEXGOpP
— Chris Smith (@chrissssmith) March 20, 2020
It seemed depressingly apt, but people still enjoyed the distraction.
— 🎮🍒Nikki🍒 🎮 (@GlamandGeeky) March 20, 2020
THERE'S A PLAGUE DOCTOR CREEPING AROUND IN LEICESTER SQUARE. pic.twitter.com/KeJ0ngW2sG
— Lotty Earns (@lottyburns) March 20, 2020
Already find this less terrifying than videos of people sitting near each other in a pub pic.twitter.com/ZRC75uyg37
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 20, 2020
Just saw the plague doctor in Leicester Square on the news lmao
Brits don't do surgical face masks we just go straight to plague doctor no biggie
vid courtesy of my friend pic.twitter.com/WCFUaBBKti
— 🇭🇰 SAFE 4 SKEL AGENDA 🇭🇰 (@skeletate) March 20, 2020
"its deserted in London"
…. and like magic, a bloke with a plague mask wanders across the live-shot.
Unbelievable scenes. pic.twitter.com/RA3bFkjORK
— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) March 20, 2020
The news has been the most depressing of things. This is golden. https://t.co/ptq6yw9kwe
— Dr Emily Garside (@EmiGarside) March 20, 2020
The art of taking the piss will be the very last thing this country will lose, makes one proud to be British https://t.co/ZlsrLazBrP
— Think Defence (@thinkdefence) March 20, 2020
Some people have been waiting their entire lives for this. https://t.co/4WHin53m6V
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) March 20, 2020
It caused historian Dr Phil Weir to suggest this link.
— Dr Phil Weir (@navalhistorian) March 20, 2020
Which makes perfect sense, because …
Rees-Mogg makes an impromtu appearance wearing his coronavirus mask 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/IKFyBNPhNV
— Sue Hyams (@Wkdsusie) March 20, 2020