Lockdown 3’s first Clap for Heroes event was a significantly quieter affair when it returned on Thursday (Jan. 7).
The return of the weekly public gossip for the pandemic “heroes” – formerly known as the Clap For Carers – has been muted, and even the event’s founder decided against it.
Annemarie Plas, whose idea sparked the first 10-week event during the first lockdown, did not participate in the Clap for Heroes event.
She reportedly distanced herself from the relaunch after being targeted with “hateful” abuse on social media, PA says.
Social media and streets across the UK were noticeably quieter, despite the efforts of some braving the chilly evening weather to pop pots and clap their hands.
On the previous Thursday, budget chef Jack Monroe asked people to participate instead of a “clap of thunder for supervisors”.
Thunderclap was a platform where individuals and companies could bring people together to get a message across.
The chef and activist asked their 291,000 followers Thursday morning to tweet, email, or write to MPs each week instead of clapping and asking them to push for a “liveable wage” for frontline workers.
Although Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer attended, his comments on social media hinted at why he believed the event might not be as popular this time around.
“Once again we went to #ClapForOurCarers on our doorstep,” he tweeted.
“But clapping is not enough. They need to be paid appropriately and given the respect they deserve.
“The vaccine gives us hope and we thank the NHS staff, the army, the volunteers and everyone who supported the introduction.”
Another added, “Can we just boycott this gossiping nonsense? What we need is a raise for all major workers.”
Video footage showed that the resuscitation was successful in some areas.
Locals clapped from apartments across from St. Thomas’ Hospital in central London as thanks to NHS staff there.
However, social media users went to Twitter to explain why they hadn’t attended the Clap for Heroes event.
“Last time I applauded for all of the brilliant people at the front, but this time they would appreciate us staying home!” And a raise! “wrote a Twitter user.
Another wrote: “I’m not gossiping tonight, but emailing my MP @ GarySambrook89 letting him know that our #clapforheroes people need concrete support in the form of salary increases, PSA and vaccines.”
The event’s founder, Ms. Plas, a 36-year-old mother of one child, said she was distancing herself from the planned applause and would “no longer try to raise awareness”.
In a statement posted on the Clap for Heroes Twitter page, she said: “Since I announced the return of applause yesterday, I have been met by a few social media haters with personal abuse and threats against me and mine Family faced.
“Regardless of their views and reasons for believing this is acceptable conduct, I have not made a political statement and will not endanger my loved ones.
“I don’t have a political agenda, I’m not a government employee, I don’t work in PR, I’m just an average mother at home trying to cope with the lockdown situation.”