Let’s face it: thanks to the Coronavirus, the world is a little depressing right now. And despite our best efforts to stay distracted, it doesn’t feel like there’s much hope among the constant onslaught of updates. But the good news is that we’re all in this together. Literally. And it’s not just us regular people who are self-quarantined and who are trying to play by the rules.
Several years ago, the great actor and orator Samuel L. Jackson narrated a children’s book called Go the F*** to Sleep. Truly no one in the world could have given that particular missive the oomph it needed. But in the age of “Shelter in Place,” “Safer at Home,” or whatever quarantine you’re observing, there’s another message people need to follow.
As such, Jackson appeared via video call on Jimmy Kimmel Live to read a new not-quite-for-children children’s book. This book, Stay the F*** at Home, really gets to the heart of the matter. (Here’s the whole interview; reading starts at around the 6 minute mark.)
When we came up with the list of fictional characters who would most enjoy being in quarantine, Larry David essentially made it three times. We can’t think of anyone who would be happier to avoid going out and not seeing people than the star of Curb Your Enthusiasm and the man George Constanza was based on. And we were right. In a new PSA from the California governor’s office, Larry David praises the virtues of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an important message for all the “idiots” out there who don’t appreciate the chance to stay on the couch and watch TV.
“You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me... I’ll never see you.”— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 31, 2020
Larry David wants everyone to stay home to protect older Californians from #COVID19!
He does not do these things.
Listen to Larry.#StayHomeSaveLiveshttps://t.co/snYe5v55Rw pic.twitter.com/C5cKOaAufE
Only Larry David could call the coronavirus a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and not have it sound that insane. But he’s right. “There’s just trouble out there, so stay home and don’t see anyone.” And if you need some advice on how to do that, Larry David’s TV shows are perfect. His characters never want to be around people.
Across Hollywood, everyone from Gal Gadot to Lady Gaga is doing their best to comply with the new mandates, and most importantly, do their part to “flatten the curve.” They’re reminding us that: Hey! It’s cool to stay at home! Just listen to Wonder Woman herself. She’s generally right.
Staying home is my super power ✌🏼 and urs!Please every1 take care of yourself,ur loved ones and us all. The sooner we all stay home & keep ourselves from catching this Very contagious virus🦠the sooner we can go back to our lives🙏🏼❤#WeAreAllOne pic.twitter.com/F7CBrKiP2b— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 16, 2020
If you stay in, you can also join Jennifer Garner and new-to-Instagram Amy Adams in their new initiative, Save with Stories. Designed to support children who might not have access to food, books, and computers while out of school due to the Coronavirus, Garner and Adams are heading up a movement where famous faces read children’s books out loud.
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I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES – a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️). THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES
Besides, you wouldn’t want to be responsible for endangering the likes of some of the most famous and purest actors of our generation, like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Dick Van Dyke. Max Brooks, Mel Brooks’ son, filmed this video to remind us of how even if you’re not at risk, the Coronavirus can affect older people you care about.
Danny DeVito is at risk too! He cares about social distancing, so we should listen to him.
“Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there.”— ABC News (@ABC) March 23, 2020
Danny DeVito encourages people to self-isolate to prevent spread of coronavirus. https://t.co/TkyieGq9TE pic.twitter.com/L9ipmHaMYr
If Alan Tudyk isn’t letting the Coronavirus get to him, why should we? Tudyk celebrated his birthday quietly yesterday, with his wife sharing a sweet birthday message announcing they were planning to stay in and celebrate with some home cooking.
Happy Birthday to the most loving, supportive, and funny @AlanTudyk to ever live! We are celebrating at home, doing our part to prevent the spread of #Covid19. Wish us luck ... I’ll be cooking dinner tonight #NotACooker 🤷♀️ #DontBeASpreader pic.twitter.com/do0i4jc8Dk— Charissa Barton (@charissabarton1) March 16, 2020
Sometimes, you just gotta be honest: it’s not easy. Lady Gaga admitted it’s hard to comply with all the new rules regarding social distancing. But if the famous singer can do the right thing, so can we.
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So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups. I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it. I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God —she said we’re gonna be ok.
Need some pure inspiration about why you should stay safe? Listen to the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and watch him feed donkeys. Seriously, it’s comforting and enlightening.
Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons (foreheads). We will get through this together. pic.twitter.com/FRg41QehuB— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 16, 2020
Not every celebrity is just reminding you to stay inside. Some, like Sebastian Stan, are reminding you to take extra precaution and wash your hands. If the Winter Soldier singing “Happy Birthday” doesn’t convince you to stay clean, I don’t know what will.
And if all else fails, listen to Eleanor Shellstrop. She has run The Good Place. We definitely believe in her. And we could all use some positivity.
Not to be outdone, Ryan Reynolds did his best to lift spirits and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Instastory that both pokes fun at his Green Lantern role and celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Grab a pint and rhyme along with him!
Reynolds did follow up his tongue-in-cheek message with something a little more genuine — after all, if we can’t count on celebrities to get us through this, who can we count on?
We could all use a message of positivity — and Matthew McConaughey has that for us:
because every red light eventually turns green pic.twitter.com/x05GuITW4J— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) March 17, 2020
Featured Image: Max Brooks/Twitter