'Insensitive' Ad Showing Santa 'Unconscious With COVID' Slammed for Upsetting Kids | 22 Words

It's been an interesting year, that's for sure. But if one thing has dominated the news more than any other it is undeniably the deadly virus of COVID-19 which has changed the shape of the world a whole.

Now, as Christmas lurks just around the corner, one advert has been slammed as 'insensitive' for showing Santa 'unconscious with COVID'.

Many people claim that the advert has been real upsetting for children.

Keep scrolling to check it out.

Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.

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A pandemic has taken over.

However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...

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With things beginning to slowly reopen again.

But while things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions...

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And that includes the use of face masks.

Throughout the last few months, face masks have become the norm...

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And they are now mandatory in most public spaces and transport.

But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered...

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Some masks have been found to be incredibly harmful to the environment, with thousands already littering our oceans.

But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.

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Particularly when they are worn for a long period of time.

They can also make it hard to breathe whilst wearing.

You may think the uncomfortable nature is a small price to pay for the safety they could provide.

But obviously, there has been an ongoing debate as to whether they actually provide enough protection.

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The world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.

And that's why many are refusing to wear them.

Anti-lockdown protests have been taking place, even since the President shut the country down a few months ago as people would rather "live freely than be oppressed by masks." Yikes.

Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.

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Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.

Another person to stress their importance was scientist and presenter, Bill Nye.

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Commonly known as "Bill Nye the Science Guy", he shared 2 videos on TikTok that highlighted just how important and effective face masks can be.

In the videos, the sixty-four-year-old conducted a simple experiment using several types of facing coverings and a candle.

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But there's one other TikToker who's offered a rather controversial perspective...

One popular TikToker with a strong anti-mask stance was Jada Woods.

But she eventually had a change of heart - and it was for a truly heartbreaking reason.

She'd shared her journey from her now-deleted TikTok account...

From saying she doesn't believe in wearing masks to tearfully sharing that multiple members of her family had caught the virus.

Watch the full video here.

But now there's another controversial video doing the rounds.

Christmas is just around the corner.

And while the world is still recovering from the effects of this global pandemic, Christmas is offering a touch of hope to our dreary year.

But a new advert is causing a huge stir.

The advert, released by the NHS, shows a man quite clearly depicting Santa Claus, suffering from the effects of COVID - and many parents have argued the 'insensitive' advert is traumatizing their children.

NHS Charities Together said of the advert:

We adore the ad and dedicate it to all NHS workers who've given everything to care and keep us safe.

But others don't feel the same way.

One person wrote:
Disgusting idea that targets the fears of the very young. Massive own goal.
Another said:
This is disgusting. Don't children have enough to worry about at the moment?

After receiving criticism the NHS released a statement on the advert.

The statement reads:
We created our Christmas campaign to highlight the ongoing commitment and hard work of NHS staff and volunteers to keep us safe and well in what has been and continues to be a really challenging time for the NHS. We are really grateful that through the support of our partners we were able to create a film to get that point across, and to encourage people to keep supporting NHS staff, patients and volunteers by generating donations to our appeal. When we launched the ad earlier in the week, we had an overwhelmingly positive response to it. Some subsequent media coverage of it has generated criticism of the ad on social media and some people have expressed their concern about it upsetting children. The ad has been made to engage charity supporters and those who may want to buy products that generate donations to the appeal. It isn’t aimed at children and hasn’t been shown on TV. The charity did not put any funds into the production of the ad. We worked closely with the team behind the ad to make sure it was produced responsibly and it was cleared for use by the relevant regulatory authority. However, we are sorry to the parents of any young children who have been upset by watching the ad and to the young children themselves, they were not the intended audience for it.
What do you make of the advert?