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R.E.M’s Michael Stipe Sings ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It…’ In Coronavirus Safety Video

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | March 18, 2020 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | March 18, 2020 |


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Has anyone else been getting recommended R.E.M.’s ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It…’ a lot on YouTube lately? It’s almost like that algorithm has a sense of humor or something over this coronavirus. Way to rub it in, internet overlords. Anyway, I’m sure that the band’s frontman Michael Stipe will be a comforting voice during these hectic times of pandemic panic. Remember, he felt fine when he dreamt of the continental drift divides and Leonard Bernstein.

Of course, even if you feel fine right now, you may still be carrying the COVID-19 virus so Stipe has some advice to offer you. Through song!



Okay, he doesn’t sing the whole thing because he’s a busy man with things to do but the sentiment is appreciated. Besides, as depressing as it is to admit, I’m pretty sure that way too many people still need to be told to WASH THEIR F**KING HANDS at this moment in time.

Stipe goes full Dua Lipa with his new rules:


‘Here we are. It’s the coronavirus, there are four rules to remember. Most important, number one, stay at home! Don’t go out unless you have to, if it’s not important, if it’s not an emergency, if you don’t have to get groceries then stay at home tonight. St Patrick’s Day, we can celebrate in four months. Number two, wash your hands. Everytime you enter your house, over and over again. Three, act like you’re already sick and you don’t want to be within six feet of anyone else because you could pass on the virus. You could pass it on to two other people, and they pass it onto two other people. You don’t wanna be that guy. I don’t wanna be that guy! Number four, be careful where you get your information from. I’m a former pop star, but don’t trust social media. Go to the CDC website and trusted news services for information. Happy St Patrick’s Day, I love you!’


Wise words, Mr. Stipe.

And now, let us join together in song. Bonus points if you don’t need to look up the lyrics.






Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.



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