A parody poster declaring ‘No Mask, No Wales’ causes storm of protests
A joke poster parodying the style of a Welsh Government notice has provoked a blizzard of angry responses.
The Twitter post by Owen Williams features an image of a Welsh flag flying on a hillside with the message ‘No Mask, No Wales’.
Underneath it states: “If you’re visiting us this summer, wear a mask. Wales isn’t England. Our laws are different.”
While most recognise it as a parody, many have taken it as being an official announcement and have complained about it being ‘racist’ and ‘xenophobic’.
Owen, who describes himself as ‘professionally Welsh’ spoke to Nation Cymru about the reaction, saying: “It took me twenty minutes to make, and to be clear – it’s satire! But also, it has a serious message: Wales and England are different.”
With more than 500 comments and 29,000 likes, Owen Williams’ Twitter account has been hit with a torrent of notifications as people continue to react.
Some of the comments include: “Its provocative and I feel its nationalistic when we rely on the English pound to drive our economy. “
Another stated: “Actually most of your laws are English and the union between England and Wales has never properly been repealed since Henry 8th. You’re still part of England”
But as well as criticism, the poster has received plenty of praise from people saying that it raises an important issue, Cian Ireland responding:
“People in the replies calling this offensive, just imagine how shop workers and other workers in industries that come into contact with tourists feel seeing people without masks. Especially when themselves or their co-workers are high risk if they catch covid?”
Face coverings continue to be compulsory for public transport and shops within Wales while the UK government has made it advisory in England.
To help people understand the parody, Owen posted his previous series of ‘Don’t Visit Wales’ graphics, created with a similar subversion of public notices:
Don’t Visit Wales 🏴 pic.twitter.com/N31e67IOIp
— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) April 10, 2020