- As hand sanitizer shortages spark widespread anxiety, people are finding levity online with hand sanitizer memes — specifically, a "celebs as hand sanitizer" series.
- Chris Evans, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Styles (among others) have received the hand sanitizer treatment from Twitter stan accounts.
- Meme creators say that their work can lighten the mood — and offer important hygiene reminders — as people cope with the stress of a pandemic.
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As the novel coronavirus continues to spread (sickening at least 169,000 people worldwide) and hand sanitizer shortages plague concerned customers, people are seeking some levity in coronavirus memes. One particularly popular genre of coronavirus memes has emerged: celebrities as hand sanitizer.
Twitter user @buttsandevans, who runs a Chris Evans stan account, decided to compare the beloved actor to hand sanitizer after seeing similar memes of "celebrities as random objects."
While she had seen Evans compared to Doritos and other products, she hadn't yet seen the "Captain America" star as a disinfectant — which, as she told Insider, would be "fitting for these days."
As it turns out, Evans' many looks correspond with a variety of hand sanitizer brands.
The tweet thread, which has received 98,000 likes in less than a week, struck a chord with people processing the bizarre realities of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Nothing could be more emblematic of our strange times," one commenter wrote.
"Necessary at a time like this," another added.
The account's mastermind, who typically posts content about Chris Evans and Zayn Malik, didn't expect her memes to go viral, but she's encouraged by the positive feedback.
"I'm really glad now if you have a crazy idea, you might as well just spill it on a platform like this," she said. "You never know how many people [will] actually be needing to see that."
Other Chris Evans fans even responded with their own creations.
Humor and Chris Evans' fandom, according to the @buttsandevans account creator, are critical in times of uncertainty.
"It's something we need, with all the negativity going around," she explained. "Once I posted [the memes], I've had so many people quote it and say that it actually made their day."
Captain America isn't the only public figure being immortalized in hand sanitizer memes.
Writer Joseph Longo created a series of "Jennifer Lopez as hand sanitizer" memes for his 2,500 followers.
The memes, featuring J. Lo in her iconic and colorful outfits, have racked up 5,000 likes in two days.
One commenter even added another interpretation to the meme: Steve Buscemi as homemade hand sanitizer (specifically, hydrogen peroxide).
Harry Styles also bore a remarkable resemblance to hand sanitizer. One Harry Styles fan, who goes by Lora, posted to her Harry stan account when she noticed that her hometown in Ohio had run out of the product entirely.
"I thought it would be a unique way to get Harry fans thinking about washing their hands and using sanitizer," she told Insider. "I had no idea it would get the attention it did, but I'm glad it did to remind people to keep sanitized!"
The memes and Lora's advice to "KEEP YOUR HANDS WASHED" have received over 8,000 likes.
Lora sees the memes as an opportunity for like-minded fans to bond (and remember to practice good hygiene) during a time of chaos.
"Stan twitter likes to have a lot of humor in scary times," she said. "We are a huge group of fans of Harry's from all over the world so we're going through this together and humor can always make people feel less anxious."
A Lil Nas X fan account joined in on the trend with a tweet advocating for personal hygiene in the time of the coronavirus.
"WASH YOUR HANDS," the post read.
An Ariana Grande fan account followed suit, issuing similar advice: "WASH YOUR HANDS."
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