A day after her Morning Show co-star Jennifer Aniston implored her followers to wear a mask on Instagram, Reese Witherspoon shared a meme on Twitter that showed Elle Woods, her Legally Blonde character, with a mask on. A few hours after the post went up, it collected more than 60,000 Likes and got re-Tweeted more than 16,000 times.
The image shows one of the most memorable scenes from the Legally Blonde franchise, with Woods confronting her ex, Warner Huntington III, about her getting into Harvard. Instead of his line, "You got in Harvard Law?" the meme replaces it with "You wear a mask in public?" The punchline remains unchanged, however, with Woods saying, "What, like it's hard?"
Elle Woods approves this message 💕 pic.twitter.com/JaBazVz339
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) July 1, 2020
Witherspoon's tweet comes as many states reinstated measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus. California, where Witherspoon is quarantining, closed bars, museums, movie theaters, and restaurants offering indoor dining, among other businesses, in 19 counties after the virus spiked again in recent days.
According to the CDC, wearing a mask is a simple way to slow the spread of the virus. Because masks are a barrier, they can control the spread of respiratory droplets. The CDC adds that wearing a mask is important in instances where social distancing isn't possible.
"Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice," the CDC website reads. "This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain."