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British Columbia, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): Seeing a surge in the novel coronavirus infections in the recent weeks, led by people between the ages of 20 and 39 led B.C.'s premier John Horgan to make a call to celebrities to help spread the message to young people that large parties aren't safe right now.
John Horgan. Image credit: Twitter handle
Horgan's call was responded by actor Ryan Reynolds on Friday with a typical audio recording directed at Horgan's Twitter account, saying it was a voicemail message he'd left on the premier's phone.
"I'm not sure it's a great idea, frankly. People, I don't think they want medical advice from guys like me, no sir," Reynolds said in the message.
But he goes on to say that partying during a pandemic is dangerous, and thousands of young people around the world have become sick or even died from the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus.
Beyond that, young people can infect older people, who are much more vulnerable to the illness.
"B.C. is home to some of the coolest older people on Earth. I mean, David Suzuki, he lives there," Reynolds said, CBC news reported.
The province is also home to the Deadpool star's mother, Tammy.
"My mom, she doesn't want to be cooped up in her apartment all day. She wants to be cruising Kitsilano Beach looking for some young 30-something Abercrombie burnout to go full Mrs. Robinson on. She is insatiable," Reynolds said.
"I hope that young people in B.C. don't kill my mom, frankly, or David Suzuki, or each other."
Reynolds told CBC News the social media response was his way of answering a call.
Horgan told reporters on Friday afternoon that he's feeling "really pleased" with the recording.
"His humour is unparalleled," the premier said. "Underlying that humour is a really serious message."
Horgan said that he hopes Reynold's message reaches an audience that do listen Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry's daily briefings.
Horgan added that he had also discussed with Health Minister Adrian Dix about ways to connect with a younger audience through TikTok and YouTube stars, and that he is speaking with singer Michael Bublé as well.