Samuel L. Jackson Reads a Delightfully Sweary Poem as a PSA for Social Distancing

Samuel L. Jackson Reading a Funny Poem

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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.)

Watch actor Samuel L. Jackson read a funny poem with a serious reminder for us all to stay home during COVID-19.

h/t: [Mashable, Popsugar]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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