Miami Beach ‘Joker’ waving US flag shouting ‘Covid’s over’ goes viral, angry Internet says ‘get rid of DeSantis’

The video, which shows a man apparently celebrating the end of Covid-19, was shared on the day that Miami Beach, Florida, imposed an 8 p.m. curfew in its entertainment district following unruly spring break crowds


                            Miami Beach ‘Joker’ waving US flag shouting ‘Covid’s over’ goes viral, angry Internet says ‘get rid of DeSantis’
A video of a man waving the American flag and shouting 'Covid's over baby' was watched at least 1.3 million times (Twitter/ @BillyCorben)
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MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA: A video of a man in Miami Beach with his face painted like The Joker shouting "COVID's over baby!" at the top of his voice while waving an American flag and making it rain money has gone viral on Twitter. Watched at least 1.3 million times since being posted on Saturday and beginning to trend, the video shows how people have been moving around in Florida. 

The video, which shows a man apparently celebrating the end of Covid-19, was shared on the day that Miami Beach imposed an 8 p.m. curfew in its entertainment district. The curfew was one of the "emergency measures" following concerns over unruly spring break crowds.

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People gather while exiting the area as an 8pm curfew goes into effect on March 21, 2021 in Miami Beach, Florida. College students have arrived in the South Florida area for the annual spring break ritual, prompting city officials to impose an 8pm to 6am curfew as the coronavirus pandemic continues (Getty Images)

Documentary filmmaker Billy Corben, the director of 'Cocaine Cowboys' and 'The U', had shared the video with the caption, "Paints face and hair like the Joker, goes to South Beach, climbs up on a car with an American flag, screams “F**king COVID is over baby!” and makes it rain. #BecauseMiami."

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Safe to say that the video has shocked people on Twitter. "What little faith I had for the future of this country just shriveled up and died," a user tweeted. "The bars get to sell some beer. The hospitals get overrun with Covid patients Because, Florida," another taunted. While another user said, "It's people's selfishness, stupidity, carelessness, indifference to human suffering & the biggest problem is our fellow Americans, like GOP members, don't care if people die. I'm so ashamed and angry."

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A Miami Dade police officer directs people out of the area as an 8 pm curfew goes into effect on March 21, 2021, in Miami Beach, Florida. College students have arrived in the South Florida area for the annual spring break ritual, prompting city officials to impose an 8pm to 6am curfew as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Miami Beach police have reported hundreds of arrests and stepped up deployment to control the growing spring break crowds (Getty Images)

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According to the latest reports, the curfew has been extended for another week and could be in place through April if needed, city officials said following a meeting on Sunday.

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As he waves the U.S. flag on top of a vehicle, the topless man in the video can be heard shouting, "F***ing COVID's over, man. COVID's over baby! F**k that s**t!" Just like him, several maskless people can be seen below him.

Locals blame Gov. Ron DeSantis 

Thanks to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis there is no statewide mask mandate in place in Florida. For this, he has also been widely criticized. 

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On March 18, 2021, during a public health roundtable, DeSantis said that Florida won't be "doing any vaccine passports", calling the existence of such documents "unacceptable." "I think from Florida's perspective, we're not doing any vaccine passports. I mean, that's totally unacceptable," he said. "So people don't have to worry about it here in the state of Florida. And if folks try to start doing it privately, you know, we may have had a role to play there as well, because I do think it's unacceptable." Three days after this announcement, an emergency was imposed in Miami Beach.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists and world leaders to discuss issues important to them (Getty Images)

"Miami Beach has declared a state of emergency because Ron DeSantis prematurely declared a victory over COVID-19 and they're a Spring Break disaster right now.," a user wrote. "Miami Beach is on lockdown because the Governor is an incompetent moron killing Floridians and he must resign. Get rid of DeSantis!" another user tweeted.

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