Entertainment

'Being Vaccinated Does Not Mean' You Should Reenact the Plot of Your Favorite Movie

This Twitter meme makes the case for acting reasonable, even after you're fully vaccinated.

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@seynique & CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP
@seynique & CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

Have you gotten your vaccine shot(s) yet? If you haven’t, there are plenty of incentives to book that first appointment beyond, y’know, substantially decreasing the transmission and hospitalization rates of covid-19 cases: Krispy Kreme will give you a free doughnut if you show off your vaccine card; the you can travel domestically, according to the CDC; and beautiful Croatia will let you into the country without having to isolate for 14 days.

But just because you’re vaxxed up doesn’t mean you should stop washing your hands or wearing masks-especially if you’re planning to hop on a metal germ tube to fly from NYC to LA or spending two hours in a theatre to watch a movie you’ve been really excited to see-or refrain from social distancing, especially around those still waiting to get their shot, until covid rates have stabilized and we’ve achieved widespread vaccination¬†on the path to herd immunity.

All throughout this whole terrible worldwide shutdown, some people have been real scolds about others who don’t stick to The Rules of the pandemic, chastising anyone who steps a single foot outside in order to go to a job they cannot do remotely (say, healthcare and restaurant workers) or to buy groceries. Sure, there are plenty who have acted flagrantly idiotic, including governors who’ve recalled mask mandates far too soon, but by and large, the complaints have come from a privileged place that ignores the reality of how society functions and who’s been delivering the toilet paper they bought in bulk off of Amazon.

Since more and more people have received their shots, the same rule mongers of Twitter have transitioned to shaming vaccinated people for going about their business, positing this further delays our collective “return to normal.” Look no further than a tweet from scholar and YA author Crystal Fleming sent in early April that pled for fully vaccinated people to reign it in as the weather improves. “Please don’t think being fully vaxxed is a license to go buck wild this summer. With that mentality, we’ll never get out of this mess. Delayed gratification, y’all. Yes, things will gradually improve but if we’re lucky, getting vaxxed now *might* save the summer of 2022…” She’s not¬†wrong-being vaccinated definitely does not give you carte blanche to go freakin’ nuts-but the tweet caught enough attention to spur a phrasal meme about things you shan’t do, even if you’re vaccinated, lifted straight from fiction, starting with this viral tweet about the plot of¬†Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The tweets spiralled from there, picking up steam last week. Please guess the piece of entertainment referenced in each tweet, which I will reveal at the end of this blog!Well? Did you get them all??? With no further delay, here is the answer key: Moonlight,¬†The Lizzie McGuire Movie,¬†WandaVision,¬†Mamma Mia!,¬†The Great Gatsby¬†(good one, Spark Notes),¬†Clue, Forgetting Sarah Marshall,¬†Call Me By Your Name¬†(the movie, not the Lil Nas X song),¬†Y Tu Mam√° Tambi√©n, and¬†The¬†Parent Trap.

Good guessing and tweets, everyone! Now, go find a vaccine appointment near you, if you haven’t already. And for god’s sake, please don’t do this to the person giving you your shot:

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Leanne Butkovic is a half-vaxxed entertainment editor at Thrillist.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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