Two things have become a lot more frequent since the COVID-19 pandemic went all ape shit in 2020: Get rich quick schemes and hilarious homemade online content.
For this post, I’m referring to the latter.
If you’ve never heard or seen Aunty Siow, you should because this internet personality is setting the internet on fire through her latest hit, Coronavirus.
Siow is actually the internet persona of Jenn Chia, a singer-songwriter and content creator based in Malaysia who regularly uploads parody videos on social media.
In just 2 minutes and 14 seconds, not only does Chia do an extremely accurate impersonation of Chinese ‘aunties’ you’ll typically come across at the morning market, her entire video and song are so relatable.
The video, set to resemble a karaoke video, starts off with Siow exclaiming, “Coronavirus, lu janganlah” which loosely translates to “Coronavirus, don’t be like this” in Malay.
The song itself is a parody of early 90s Malay rock songs, with Siow decked in a black leather jacket and dark sunglasses. She removes them and in true aunty fashion, begins: “What’s left of this world, I donch know”.
Aunty Siow then laments that prior to COVID-19, she used to go zumba, play mahjong with her buddies but now she only gets to Zoom without the “ba”.
With her friends disappearing and her life is “like the yoyo” and she no longer has Korean dramas to binge, Siow is sick of it and demands the pandemic to just step aside.
The highlight of video has got to be the guitar solo and that operatic note towards the end. I stood up and gave her a standing ovation in my living room.
Aunty Siow, don’t stop here. Cut an album that sums up the year 2020 and I’ll be there for your Zoomba meet-and-greet.
Cover image sourced from So, I’m Jenn / Facebook.