If you’re going to isolate to avoid catching SARS-CoV-2, you might as well do it with 20 women.
That’s what Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, has reportedly done. He has booked the entire Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl with “special permission” to break the lockdown in the Alpine resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, The Independent said.
“The 67-year-old king’s entourage included a ‘harem’ of 20 concubines and numerous servants, reported German tabloid Bild. It is unclear if his four wives are living in the hotel with the rest of the group.”
Although hotels in the region have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, “a spokesperson for the local district council said the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl was an exception because ‘the guests are a single, homogenous group of people with no fluctuation.’ However, 119 members of the entourage had been reportedly sent back to Thailand on suspicions they contracted the highly contagious respiratory disease,” The Independent reported.
The Thai people aren’t too happy with their king.
“News of Vajiralongkorn’s apparent self-isolation in a luxury location was met with anger by tens of thousands of Thai people, who risked breaking the country’s lèse-majesté laws by criticising him online.”
Under the laws, anyone who insults or criticises the monarchy could be imprisoned for up to 15 years.
But a Thai hashtag which translated to “Why do we need a king?” appeared 1.2 million times on Twitter within 24 hours after an activist claimed Vijaralongkorn was travelling on holiday in Germany while the outbreak continued to spread across Thailand.
Vajiralongkorn has not made a public appearance since February, the Times of London said. There are currently about 1,500 coronavirus cases and nine deaths in his home country as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
There are other wonderful — but equally tone deaf — ways to isolate.
Take billionaire entertainment mogul David Geffen. The music and film producer posted a picture last week of where he’s suffering through his self-quarantine — aboard a superyacht “isolated in the Grenadines,” a gorgeous spot in the Caribbean.
“Sunset last night… isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe,” Geffen wrote on his Instagram.
His 450-foot yacht, called the “Rising Sun,” is worth around $590 million.
After some blowback, Geffen made his account private, the Daily Caller reported. But by then, the tin-earred post had already circulated widely.
“Thanks, David Geffen, for your thoughts,” one Twitter user wrote.
Wrote another: “David Geffen’s thought process: ‘Hey you know what, millions are losing their jobs, can’t pay their rent and they’re worried about a deadly pandemic, I bet they’d love to know how I’m doing. Fire up the copter so we can take some more pics of my yacht! They’ll love this!!!'”
The entertainment website TMZ had a funny take: “Under normal circumstances, the Internet would just hate him for flaunting his wealth. But, there’s a new normal in town … so now the Internet is ripping him for bragging that he’s NOT quarantined with 3 screaming kids, a spouse and one in-law in a tiny 2-bedroom apartment in Queens … while terrified of COVID-19,” the site wrote.