AN ambulance service apologised today after paramedics shot a TikTok “casket dance” video with a dummy “coronavirus client”.
Medics were shot boogieing while carrying a stretcher in a funeral procession prior to bizarrely waving napkins over the fake body.
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The clip remains in a similar vein to the dancing pallbearers meme, based off a genuine business in Ghana that brings caskets while dancing.
But it stimulated controversy on social networks where users stated the dance was making light of the coronavirus pandemic.
A North West Ambulance representative apologised, saying it was “highly improper”.
The video at first reveals paramedics in an ambulance, with one calling out to another: “Just have a seat there while I put my mask on.”
The patient then coughs and the paramedics rely on look at him in scary.
It then cuts to four paramedics dancing with the dummy, carrying out odd transfer to electronic music.
They then high-five each other and bring the dummy out of shot.
The video was captioned: “Care. Spirits boost imminent #COVID19 #coffindance #nhs.”
It was based off an initial Ghanaian meme which has been extensively circulated throughout the pandemic as a tongue-in-cheek message to motivate people to remain at home.
The meme is based on a video from 2017 that saw pallbearers in Ghana arrange a sophisticated dispatch.
Prior to it was eliminated, the video had actually been watched nearly 40,000 times.
Some audiences were less than impressed, with one composing on Twitter: “@NWAmbulance big fan of yourselves & the ₤ NHS. I believe you are all outright legends.
” However to come across this video, buffooning individuals with COVID19, calling it the coffin dance & specifying this is ‘spirits’.
” Personally I don’t see households being ripped apart as morale.”
Another included: “Amoral and sickening to enjoy. If you want to dance around in uniform fine, but trivialising death at any time is wrong!”
The ambulance service: “We know a TikTok video circulating on social media posted by a little group of our personnel which reveals them acting in a less than professional way.
” Although we value that those included did not suggest to trigger offense, this video is highly unsuitable and a clear breach of our social media policy.
” We apologise for any distress this has caused and we can assure you that we are taking this seriously and handling the matter internally.”
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It’s not the first time that medics have come under fire for appearing to make fun of clients.
A similar video just recently was knocked after it was posted online, with nurses dancing with a body bag labelled Covid-19
And in the US, viral videos made by doctors and nurses made headings after issues they were being less than professional.
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