The current crisis has opened up a big conversation about worker's rights, and just how exploitive and deceptive unfettered capitalism can be.
Since COVID-19 hit, Jeff Bezos has earned over 18 billion in three weeks alone, meanwhile, Amazon warehouse employees have walked out over working conditions, both on their own and as part of a May Day strike with Whole Foods and Instacart workers.
While many people have lost their jobs or temporarily work from home, delivery drivers, warehouse employees, grocery store workers, and many more are considered "essential employees" which is a fancy way of saying they have to work during the pandemic despite not being health professionals.
Rather than listening to workers' strikes for hazard pay, increased benefits, and more protective gear, many companies have instead opted to call at-risk employees "heroes" while extending empty gestures of gratitude that do nothing to actually protect the workers. In one of the most cringe inducing examples of this, Amazon released "essential AF" and other hero t-shirts referencing their employees, while simultaneously firing an employee for organizing a strike.