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Ryan Reynolds Mocks His Fellow Celebrities As They Respond To COVID-19

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By Desmund Ullrich

A few hours after making a nationwide address on Monday from Rideau Cottage, a self-isolating Justin Trudeau enlisted some of the country’s biggest celebrities to help spread the word of his own #PlankTheCurve movement. The movement, which Trudeau is promoting on Twitter, asks Canadians to share videos of themselves staying home in an attempt to slow down the development of the novel coronavirus. The prime minister’s request was met first by one of Marvel‘s most beloved heroes, Deadpool — or, at least, the Canadian actor who plays him, Ryan Reynolds — in a very funny way.

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Reynolds hilariously mocked the few celebrities who have engaged in self-important grandstanding during the COVID-19 pandemic, this included the many who joined in a viral collective rendition of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” from the comfort of their homes. Speaking to his Twitter followers on Monday, Reynolds advised everyone to practice social distancing while acknowledging that celebrities like himself are not nearly as important as the simple people putting themselves at risk to keep world stable right now: grocers, healthcare workers, truckers, etc.


“Thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau. We need to work to flatten the curve and fight off COVID-19. I think in times of crisis, I think we all know that it’s the celebrities we count on most,” Reynolds cheekily said. “They’re the ones that are going to get us through this. Right after healthcare workers, of course,” he said. “First responders. People who work in essential services. Ping pong players. Mannequins, they’re great. Childhood imaginary friends, sure. Like 400 other types of people.”

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After these jokes, Reynolds finally reminded people to practice social distancing and also included a more optimistic message. “Look, stay at home, practice social-distancing, wash your hands. We are gonna get through this thing. We’re gonna get through this thing together,” he concluded.

Arnold Schwarzenegger also reminded people to thank the real heroes during this pandemic. “Thank you to our heroes,” he said in a video he posted online. “Remember to thank the heroes who are serving so selflessly right now – from doctors & nurses to grocery store staff and delivery people. I play an action hero in the movies – they are the real action heroes.”

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Though Reynolds' humbly stated that celebrities aren't important, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams encouraged entertainers to raise awareness about social distancing, considering that young people were not taking the pandemic seriously. “What I really think we need to do … [is] get our influencers —Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell, we need to get Kylie Jenner, we need to get our social media influencers out there and helping folks understand that look, this is serious,” the Surgeon General said. “This is absolutely serious. People are dying. We again are seeing new data emerging from Italy that suggests that young people may be at higher risk in different situations than what we previously thought,” he said. “Stay off the beaches.”

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