‘I’m thinking about our most vulnerable’: Celebrities react to the coronavirus pandemic

Ben Affleck, Olivia Wilde, and more weigh in on the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center in April 2019. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

As people around the world face changes to their daily lives as a result of the coronavirus, people have coped in a number of ways, be it making jokes, sharing news stories, or figuring out ways to help, among other things.

Celebrities are no different, with the likes of Ben Affleck, Chris Evans, and Mindy Kaling taking to Twitter over the last few days to share laughter, anger, and non-profits to support.

Here’s what famous faces with local connections have been saying.

Cambridge native Ben Affleck asked for people to join him in donating money to help feed hungry Americans though the non-profit Feeding America: “During this time, I’m thinking about our most vulnerable — children losing access to meals they rely on, friends and family who are facing job disruptions, the elderly, and low-income families.”


Phillips Academy grad Olivia Wilde reminded people to support local restaurants during the downtime: “If you can, buy gift cards to your favorite local restaurants to keep them afloat. You can spend it on yourself when we get through this.”

Actor/Woburn native Eric Bogosian (“Uncut Gems”) told his followers to reach out to people who live alone: “You want dispel that panicky feeling? Call someone you know who is living alone and tell them you are there for them. Tell them if they feel sick or need anything, you are there for them. You won’t feel so anxious.”

Sudbury native Chris Evans criticized President Donald Trump: “The president just ran off stage after his rambling press conference without answering a single question. America wants answers. America wants leadership. America doesn’t want a president who runs off stage during a crisis and lets Mike Pence do all the talking.”

Actor/wrestler and West Newbury native John Cena got philosophical: “Crisis and uncertainty are breeding grounds for panic. We all have feelings and need to recognize them good, or bad. But especially thru unrest, our brains, and logical thought will be our strongest ally.”

Many entertainers did what they do best, and shared messages to make people laugh, including Brookline native Conan O’Brien, Cambridge native Mindy Kaling, and Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks.

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