The City of Baltimore was mocked over a public information campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated before they could socialize, with some comparing the promo to a domestic abuse PSA.
The ad shows a disgruntled looking woman being told by her controlling boyfriend, “Mimosa with the girls? You still aren’t vaxxed, Debra!”
Mimosas with the girls this weekend? It's a bad idea if you haven’t been vaxxed.
— B'more City Health (@BMore_Healthy) April 30, 2021
“Mimosas with the girls this weekend? It’s a bad idea if you haven’t been vaxxed,” states the tweet accompanying the image from the Baltimore City Health Department.
Twitter users pointed out that the ad resembles a poster for a woman’s refuge, portraying Debra’s domestic situation with her boyfriend as if she is a victim of domestic abuse.
Look at that abusive relationship.
— Anthony Welti (@Anthonywelti) May 2, 2021
YEAH DEBRA, LISTEN to your guilt trippy boyfriend, THE CITY OF BALTIMORE! pic.twitter.com/50MF1CIEtA
— Groo the Blunderer (@Dystopiantics) May 2, 2021
Others questioned why the city was targeting the sparse demographic of “the three rich white women who live in that city.”
The city of Baltimore trying to convince the three rich white women who live in that city to get vaxxed pic.twitter.com/egpAsplVwC
— Joel Berry (@JoelWBerry) May 2, 2021
Friendly reminder to go get that vaccine if you haven't already (especially if your name is Debra)
Src: Baltimore City Health Department pic.twitter.com/SC6LWdH8Un
— Wangui Mbuguiro (@WanguiMbuguiro) April 30, 2021
Others simply labeled the campaign “idiotic” or “weird.”
YOU STILL AREN'T VAXXED, DEBRA! pic.twitter.com/ZocXhd2rxU
— Shelby S (@shelb_a_delb) May 2, 2021