China Mocks the U.S. with Animation: “Once upon a Virus”

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China mocks the U.S. with animation titled “Once upon a Virus”. The short animation posted online by China’s official Xinhua news agency mocked the U.S. response to the new coronavirus using Lego-like figures to represent the two countries.

The United States and China had been in a war of words over the origin of COVID-19. Even on Thursday, the U.S. President Donald Trump said he was confident the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese virology lab, but without evidence.


Red curtains open to reveal a stage featuring Lego-like figures in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.

Terracotta Warrior: We discovered a new virus.

Statue of Liberty:  So what?  It’s only the flu.

As the terracotta warrior issues warnings about the virus and counts off the grim milestones in China’s outbreak.

The Statue of Liberty:  (in echoes of Trump’s press conferences played down the severity of the illness.)

Thereafter the statue begins to turn red with fever and gets hooked up to an intravenous drip.

Terracotta Warrior: Are you listening to yourselves?

The Statue of Liberty: We are always correct, even though we contradict ourselves.

Terracotta Warrior: That’s what I love about you Americans, your consistency.