Singapore scores own goal with cartoon coronavirus superheroes

SINGAPORE — The Singaporean government has backpedaled away from a coronavirus PR campaign that was supposed to lighten the mood but instead came across as insensitive — and¬†alienated Liverpool soccer fans.

A government website on Monday introduced the Virus Vanguard, an Avengers-style squad of cartoon superheroes that fight COVID-19 and promote the city-state’s prevention tactics. By Tuesday they were gone, replaced with only silhouettes.

“We have received quite a lot of feedback on the characters and we will be reviewing them,” the government explained in a Facebook post. “We are sorry if we offended anyone.”

The campaign may have

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