Listen up, Kevin Rudd's son has something to say.
Everyone’s favourite “actor and certified young person”, Paul Rudd, is making headlines for a PSA where he cosplays as a “millennial”, complete with an outfit we assume was inspired by that cursed Steve Buschemi meme. The PSA urges young Americans to wear masks while poking fun at the Ant-Man actor’s reputation for looking younger than he is (Rudd is now in his early 50s).
“Yes queens like ourselves. We want to drink, hook up, do our TikToks. I get it,” he says. “I’m not going to preach at you some celebrity. This is a convo, where I talk and you shut up and wear your mask”. He then takes a call from singer Billie Eilish, who by the way is definitely not a millennial. But maybe that’s the joke? No idea. Have a watch below:
Online at least, responses to the PSA were mixed. Rachel Paige, editor at Marvel.com thinks that Rudd spinning off the words "dank squad" is a blessing.
Others found the whole 'blaming young people' premise kind of infuriating, and did not appreciate being yelled at by Paul Rudd.
There are fine people here on both sides. On the one hand, I watched Clueless as a kid, so I'm basically programmed to support everything Paul Rudd does. But also, is it fair to only target millennials for not wearing masks?
Associate Professor Steven Roberts reckons he's skeptical of 'whole-of-generation' assessments. He says they tend overlook other factors like like gender and class. Younger people, for example, tend to have less money and work with the public in cafes, bars and shops.
That said, top US health official Dr Deborah Birx says the actions of millennials are key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. “Right now we need the army of millennials out there doing everything that they can to protect themselves from getting infected because we know a lot of their cases will be mild or symptomatic,” Dr Birx has said. “The millennials are incredibly good about getting information out in a clear way, but more importantly, they are incredibly good about understanding how to protect one another, how to protect their parents and how to protect their grandparents,” she added.
What do you reckon? Did Paul Rudd’s new PSA make you laugh or make you cringe? Don’t bother answering. We can’t hear you.
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