By now, you've seen the viral videos of quarantined citizens singing "Roar" from their Italian balconies, but in reality, things aren't what they seem. According to W, the videos are part of a "meme hoax."
Katy Perry falls for edit of people in Italy singing her song “Roar” and mistakenly uses Hungarian flag. pic.twitter.com/ytxeayCGSi— Pop Base (@PopBase) March 14, 2020
You cannot break the human spirit. We are one in this. ♥️🇮🇹 https://t.co/XOa0rTVNwB— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2020
A similar video featured Madonna's "I Rise."
Other Twitter users showed just how easy it is to slap some music on a video.
A whole neighborhood in Italy is singing “Mr. Mistoffelees" from the motion picture "Cats" while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined. You cannot break the human spirit pic.twitter.com/H7ocFkPCxI— Jeff Kasanoff (@JeffKasanoff) March 15, 2020
While the Italian people aren't getting together to sing Top 40 hits and Madonna deep cuts, they're still showing just how resilient the human spirit is in light of the current coronavirus quarantines. The balcony (and rooftop) singalongs are just one way that they're staying connected while still keeping a safe distance. So, if you're enjoying the impromptu karaoke, don't let the facts stop you. But if you're sharing them, know that you might look like you're not in on the joke.