- CNN aired a somber report on Monday on the death of Broadway star Nick Cordero at age 41
- He battled coronavirus for three months before his death
- Immediately after the report, CNN cut to commercial — and the first ad was for Abblebee’s, announcing a return to dine-in service
- The upbeat ad was accompanied by the theme song to Welcome Back, Kotter
- Twitter users were startled by the jarring juxtaposition between the sad story and a happy ad for something that can increase COVID risk
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A CNN clip is going viral after an ad for Applebee’s followed a story about Broadway star Nick Cordero’s death, making for a startling and disheartening juxtaposition.
On Monday, CNN aired a report on Cordero’s death at age 41 from COVID-19 complications, sharing somber details of his 95-day battle with the virus.
After the report, CNN cut to a commercial break, immediately airing an ad for Abblebee’s announcing a return to dine-in-service — something that, taken immediately after COVID death news, highlighted a shocking disconnect.
On TV: A CNN clip is going viral after an ad for Applebee’s followed a story about Broadway star Nick Cordero’s death, making for a startling and disheartening juxtaposition
Report: Nick’s death was covered in the news broadcast before CNN cut to a commercial break
Switch: The first ad was an upbeat commercial advertising Applebee’s return to dine-in service
Back to normal? Accompanied by the theme song to Welcome Back, Kotter, the upbeat ad ended with the words, ‘Welcome back, America. It sure is good to see you’
In the report, the CNN anchor mentioned the complications Cordero faced during his battle with the virus, including a leg amputation.
She noted that his wife, Amanda Kloots, had documented his progress.
At the end of the report, the anchor said that she would also be interviewing a 37-year-old who has been battling the virus for months.
The report ended with a pause lasting for several seconds before the camera cut away and CNN transitioned to a commercial break.
The first commercial, remarkably, was for Abblebee’s, advertising its return to dine-in service in some locations.
Tragic: Cordero, pictured with wife Amanda Kloots and their son Elvis, died at age 41 after three months of battling coronavirus
Accompanied by the theme song to Welcome Back, Kotter, the upbeat ad ended with the words, ‘Welcome back, America. It sure is good to see you.’
Not long after, Twitter user Ryan Masri shared the video, writing: ‘This transition entirely f***ed me up.’
Others agreed, noting how jarring it was to transition from a news story about a young man’s death in a pandemic to a cheerful ad that seemed to present the pandemic as over and in the past.
‘America is literally a living satire/farce of itself,’ wrote one commenter.
‘Imagine the first thing you do after getting out of quarantine is go to Applebee’s,’ snarked another.
‘Isn’t capitalism during a pandemic great?’ asked a third.
Yikes! Commenters were horrified, noting the jarring transition from a story about a young man’s death in a pandemic to a cheerful ad that seemed to present the pandemic as over
‘Damn that’s brutal. I wouldn’t wish Applebee’s on my worst enemy,’ another quipped.
‘Come to Applebee’s and die,’ wrote a more blunt commenter.
‘Imagine dying for Applebee’s,’ added yet another.
Others said that they couldn’t believe the clip was real, calling reality ‘hell’ and ‘the bad place.’
Several states that reopened restaurants for indoor dine-in service have seen huge spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Many places have gone on to re-close restaurants — including several counties in California, Florida, and Texas —with New York and New Jersey postponing plans to return to dine-in eating.
As of this morning, the US has documented 2.89 million cases of COVID-19, more than any other country. Deaths are at 130,000.