Twitter mocks Home Office's new Stay At Home warning video

Twitter mocks Home Office's new Stay At Home warning video

‘Is it the new Black Mirror ad?’ Twitter users mock Home Office’s new Stay At Home warning video – complete with rave track and police bodycam footage of raids on illegal pubs and baby showers

  • The Home Office’s new ‘Stay at Home’ warning is under fire for being ‘aggressive’
  • Video features compiled police bodycam footage of raids on homes and parties
  • Drum and bass music plays over clips as ‘graffiti’ warning messages flash up
  • Twitter users compared it to Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ while others called it a ‘spoof’

Twitter users have criticised The Home Office’s new ‘Stay at Home’ warning video for being ‘aggressive’, comparing the messaging to an advert for Netflix’s Black Mirror and even the Gestapo. 

The video, posted to Twitter by the ministerial department yesterday, urges people to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic and features a series of police raids on illegal gatherings scored to the sounds of drum and bass music.

But members of the public have questioned the tone of the clip, which appears to be modelled on a 90s anti-piracy advert.

Compiled footage shows police bodycam footage of officers storming into properties including homes, pubs and warehouse spaces where the public has been found to be breaching lockdown rules.

Several warning messages flash across the screen in bold white font such as: ‘You shouldn’t go to parties,’ You shouldn’t make your own pub’, ‘You shouldn’t go to raves’, ‘You shouldn’t hold baby showers’ and ‘You shouldn’t be meeting up’.

The Home Office captioned the tweet: ‘All gatherings are currently against the law. Stay Home. Protect The NHS. Save Lives.’

Social media users have called out the Home Office for the ‘aggressive’ tone of the video.

Compiled footage shows police bodycam footage of officers storming into properties including homes, pubs and warehouse spaces

The Home Office captioned the tweet: ‘All gatherings are currently against the law. Stay Home. Protect The NHS. Save Lives’

Some commenters compared it to an advertisement for the popular Netflix series ‘Black Mirror’ while others say it appeared to be a ‘spoof’.

‘I thought at first this was a spoof – the tone of this official video is totally wrong. If you’re going to take away all our rights, at least do it with a bit of gravitas…,’ wrote one person.

Someone else added: ‘I thought this was an ad for the new Black Mirror. Disappointed.’

‘It’s so aggressive and s**t with all that wobbly graffiti style writing. Maybe someone’s 12-year-old made it on their phone,’ wrote another person. 

Some commenters compared it to an advertisement for the popular Netflix series ‘Black Mirror’ while others say it appeared to be a ‘spoof’

A police officer is seen entering an illegal gathering that is breaching Covid regulations


Warning messages flash up on the screen reading ‘you shouldn’t make your own pub’ and ‘you shouldn’t hold baby showers’

Twitter users compared it to an advertisement for the popular Netflix series ‘Black Mirror’ while others say it appeared to be a ‘spoof’

‘I thought was gonna say “you wouldn’t steal, you shouldn’t pirate movies”… Also, WHO is having DnB baby showers?,’ added someone else. [sic]

‘Why so aggressive?,’ asked another viewer.

‘Is it me or does this have the same vibe as the anti piracy ads on videos and dvds in the early 00’s,’ quipped someone else.

One Twitter user even made a reference to the secret police of Nazi Germany.

Another clip featured in the video shows the moment police raided a home in Hornchurch, east London, to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower

In a clip featured in the warning video police are seen cracking down on 13 Covid rule-breakers in an illegal bar in Dudley Port, West Midlands, that was mockingly named ‘The Covid Arms’

‘It’s the Gestapo!,’ they commented below the video.

But not everyone disliked the video, as one person wrote: ‘This is absolutely stunning I cannot process this f***ing video.’

In a clip featured in the warning video police are seen cracking down on 13 Covid rule-breakers in an illegal bar that was mockingly named ‘The Covid Arms’.

The bar, complete with the sign, was discovered by officers in a garage workshop in Dudley Port, West Midlands, on February 13.

Twitter users questioned if a ‘teenager’ had made the video and likened it to a 90s anti-piracy video 

Another clip featured in the video shows the moment police raided a home to find 20 people inside enjoying a baby shower.

Body-worn footage of officers entering the house in Hornchurch, east London, at the end of last month shows the group sitting around a table covered with food and a balloon arch at one end of the room.

The two organisers, men aged 22 and 44, were both reported for breaking lockdown rules and face a £200 fine each.  

The MailOnline have contacted the Home Office for comment. 

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