Here's another lesson in "don't get anything about Minnesota wrong," brought to you by Washington Post video producer Dave Jorgenson.
On Wednesday, Jorgenson tweeted a TikTok video of a man dancing to the Fifty Nifty United States song to show which states are reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, seemingly impressed TikTok user @justinpollack7 danced to the entire song, jumping from side to side to show which states "want their citizens to drop dead" and which states "care about their citizens."
When the song gets to Minnesota, @justinpollack7 stays on the left side – the "want their citizens to drop dead" side of the screen.
The basis for the "drop dead" states appears to be a CNN piece that references states that are reopening amid the pandemic.
The problem is that states are all facing different challenges and outcomes, and are opening things up at different speeds.
Minnesota, for example, has a Stay at Home order that is extended to May 18, that broadly allows for curbside pick-up and non-customer facing businesses to operate with social distancing guidelines in place, but it doesn't really compared to, say, Georgia, where restaurants, salons and malls have been allowed to re-open.
Jorgenson's original tweet has 9,462 retweets, 44,554 likes and 367 comments as of 11:20 a.m. Thursday.
And a whole slew of the comments are from Minnesotans affronted by the "drop dead" implication, and informing Jorgenson of the state's current status.
Jorgenson quickly realized you don't mess with Minnesotans. The thread:
Jorgenson should have known, though. Doesn't he remember what happened to his colleague, Christopher Ingraham?
Ingraham is the Washington Post reporter who called Red Lake County the ugliest county in the United States and the worst place to live, and Minnesotans still haven't forgotten about it. He now lives there, hence the messages in the tweet above (although, according to his tweets, the messages are not from Ingraham).
Others reminded Jorgenson of other incidents where Minnesotans have scorned reporters and publications, like the grape salad incident of 2014. Ingraham chimed in to fill Jorgenson in on the reference, tweeting: "Dave are you familiar with this reference? It's about a NYTimes article written six years ago. Minnesotans never forget, and they never forgive."
To which Jorgenson replied, "Minnesota Nice unless Minnesota wronged."