Katy Perry, Madonna Fall for Fake Videos of Italians Singing Their Songs While Under Coronavirus Lockdown

Italy is under lockdown and Italians are coping with self-isolation by taking to their balconies and singing with each other. However, a new trend circulating on social media sees fans create fake videos of Italians singing pop songs, and a few musicians have fallen for it.

Katy Perry retweeted a video captioned "A whole neighborhood in Italy is singing 'Roar' by Katy Perry while they're on lockdown and self-quarantined." Perry added: "You cannot break the human spirit. We are one in this."

You cannot break the human spirit. We are one in this. ♥️🇮🇹 https://t.co/XOa0rTVNwB

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2020

Madonna also fell for the meme, sharing the same video as featured in the Katy Perry clip, but with the Italians on their balconies singing her song "I Rise." Madonna tweeted: "Let Us All RISE UP. everywhere around the world!!"

Let Us All RISE UP. everywhere around the world!! 🌎 🌍 #irise pic.twitter.com/NJv93kWnWs

— Madonna (@Madonna) March 15, 2020

British singer and former Girls Aloud member Cheryl tweeted the same (now deleted) video but with the soundtrack of her song "Fight for this Love" and said: "I'm not crying."

I’m not crying 😢 https://t.co/kRq4HCAP5D

— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) March 15, 2020

Twitter user @sarahellenjack responded to Cheryl's mistake in believing the video was real by tweeting: "I can only strive to have the overconfidence of Cheryl Cole thinking that "Fight for this Love" is internationally recognized enough for a little Italian village to be singing it from their balconies."

i can only strive to have the over confidence of cheryl cole thinking that ‘fight for this love’ is internationally recognized enough for a little Italian village to be singing it from their balconies

— sarah (@sarahellenjack) March 15, 2020

Other singers have had their songs used in the video include Rihanna, as Twitter user @fentygemini shared a video of the Italians on their balconies seemingly singing 'Bitch Better Have My Money.'

A whole neighborhood in Italy is singing “Bitch Better Have My Money” by @Rihanna while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined 👑 #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/OjcdrBNsrY

— Manny (@FENTYGEMlNl) March 14, 2020

Twitter user @burnrvbber shared a fake video of the Italian village singing "Track 10" by Charli XCX.

A whole neighborhood in Italy is singing “Track 10” by Charli XCX while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined. #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/P3UiVoiFVH

— 𝙝𝙭𝙡𝙙𝙚𝙣 (@burnrvbber) March 15, 2020

@yannhuatchel on Twitter shared a video of with the soundtrack of Britney Spears' song "Sometimes," with the caption "So beautiful seeing Italians under quarantine united by the power of Britney Spears."

So beautiful seeing Italians under quarantine united by the power of Britney Spears pic.twitter.com/z3Pp1ZAJl2

— Yann (@yannhatchuel) March 15, 2020

Some Twitter users are taking the meme a step further by creating videos that are more clearly fake and outlandish.

@ephwinslow shared a video with the caption: "A whole neighborhood in Italy is reciting the 'I Am Your Mother' monologue from Hereditary while they're on lockdown and self-quarantined," with Toni Collette's speech from the movie playing.

A whole neighborhood in Italy is reciting the ‘I Am Your Mother’ monologue from Hereditary while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined. #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/OKXfbhAJgD

— a (@ephwinslow) March 15, 2020

Twitter user Leonardo Carella shared the original video and said that it was filmed in Salerno, a city southwest of Naples.

Italians in lockdown all over Italy are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Salerno: pic.twitter.com/3aOchqdEpn

— Leonardo Carella (@leonardocarella) March 13, 2020

While Italy is in lockdown and Italians are quarantined in their homes, people all over the country have been singing on their balconies, with videos coming out of Turin, Naples, Benevento, Siena, Florence, and Nuoro.

Many have been singing traditional or popular local songs, such as "Viva La Nostra Siena" ("Hooray for Our Siena") in Siena, but some have gone for more left-field options, such as the man who took to his balcony to play The Champs' song "Tequila" on his saxophone, while a neighbor joined in and shouted the song's one lyric.

People in Italy can't leave their houses but they're still wildin' pic.twitter.com/pgfC8xqscv

— mon 🦒🦎 (@Veritatisvis) March 13, 2020

However, while Italians seem to be enjoying each other's singing and musicianship, it would seem that not everyone's contribution is appreciated.

The benefit from having a family quarantined in Italy is receiving these gems AKA the other side of the balcony singing joy. #COVID19 #QuarantineAndChill #MusicIsLife pic.twitter.com/9NFSLCThLy

— Marc Girolimetti (@MSGiro) March 14, 2020
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Katy Perry speaks to media on March 11, 2020, in Bright, Australia. Daniel Pockett/Getty