It’s undeniable that social distancing (or more appropriately, physical distancing) is the only way in which we’ll slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. And yet, there are still reports of people leaving their homes for anything other than essential reasons. Actor Samuel L. Jackson wants to remind people of the importance of staying home, and he’s doing so with a new explicitly worded poem.
The prose builds on the internet sensation that Jackson created nearly a decade ago. Back then, he delighted people by reading author Adam Mansbach’s profane, not-for-kids bedtime story called Go the F*ck to Sleep. Mansbach recently updated the text to fit with the age of COVID-19, which he now calls “Stay the F*ck at Home.”
Jackson read the poem PSA on a video call with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. In that televised chat, he implores us to flatten the curve, as “that sh*t is steep,” and offers serious reminders that are worth repeating to yourself the next time you dream of going to grab a (seated) bite at your favorite restaurant. “The ‘rona is spreading, this sh*t is no joke — it's no time to work or roam,” he says in rhyme. “The way you can fight it is simple, my friends. Just stay the f*ck at home.”
Watch Jackson read the poem in the video below. (His reading starts around the 5:25 mark.)