Famed Jewish Comedian Mel Brooks and Son Encourage Social Distancing During Coronavirus Pandemic
Iconic Jewish comedian Mel Brooks and his son, Max, took to Twitter on Monday to share a message about social distancing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Senior citizens — including Mel, who is 93 — are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-
Max, 47, said he was engaging in social distancing so that his father, and none of Mel’s fellow legendary comedians and friends, would get sick.
While Mel stood in the background behind a glass door, Max said, “If I get the coronavirus, I’ll probably be OK. But if I give it to him, he could give it to Carl Reiner, who could give it to Dick Van Dyke and before I know it, I’ve wiped out a whole generation of comedic legends. When it comes to coronavirus, I have to think about who I can infect. And so should you. So practice social distancing.”
He added, “Do your part. Don’t be a spreader.”
Throughout most of the clip, Mel simply made facial expressions reacting to Max’s message, but at the end he told his son through the glass door “Go home.”
— Max Brooks (@maxbrooksauthor) March 16, 2020