As inthe 42-year-old governor of Kentucky, whose light appeal and strong, not crazy-just-disappointed daddy mood are the focus of a revered meme page on his efforts to corner of the state amid the pandemic. After Kentucky confirmed his first case on March 7, Beshear quickly declared a state of emergency. In the weeks since then, the state's curve has indeed been flatter than many others in the country.
The Andy Beshear Memes for Social Distancing Teens Facebook page was created on March 20 and already has more than 200,000 members. It's an unexpectedly healthy place on the Internet at a time when not too much else is carefree or uncontroversial.
The page comes from Beshear's daily coronavirus briefings at 5 p.m. ET. to seize all things Beshear. He begins the briefing by begging everyone to repeat after him: "We'll get through this, we'll get through this together." His catchphrase, when he admonishes those who have no social distance – "We can't" – is confused with famous lyrics about coming together. (Think about the Beatles' performance on I Want to Hold Your Hand's Ed Sullivan show, which met Beshears utterly southern phrasing for close contact with Poo-Pooing.)
Some memes are fictitious trade offers from other states that Beshear wants to have for themselves: "Tennessee will offer life-long passports to Blackberry Farms, Dollywood and Graceland and Governor Beshear a home in Brentwood." A member of the page placed Beshear's face on Willy Wonka's from Gene Wilder's with the text: "Who can take tomorrow, plunge it into a dream, separate grief and collect all the cream? The Andy Man Can."
Kenneth and Virginia, who are responsible for the audio-visual presentation and interpretation of the sign language of the briefing, also achieve first name status. (Beshear regularly has to ask "Next Folie, Kenneth" and it is impossible to imagine 30 Rocks fluttering Jack McBrayer fumbling around trying to display the graphic infection rate of the Spanish flu from Philadelphia in 1918.)
Even Beshear's guidelines become meme-ified. Last week, with few exceptions, he signed an executive order that restricted travel outside the state, since there were morecases in virtually all surrounding states. A meme summed up the statement: "Andy says we can't go to your states because you can't do the right thing."
The cover picture of the group is a small stuffed bear, which is hidden in bed. With a Kermit, the frog plush patted the bear's head gently. The bear is called "the entire state of Kentucky" and Kermit is called "governor andy beshear".
It seems there is little to laugh about these days. Last week, cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, exceeded 1 million worldwide and more than 70,000 people died. The world faces a new normal, which requires avoiding friends, family and strangers alike (unless they live with you) and adapting to the stress of having an office, school, gym and fortress against you invisible enemy with an undefined capacity to attack.
However, the Internet enables moments of hope and joy. All over the world, residents have opened their windows and clapped for health workers. In Spain, people sang from their balconies. In the state of Washington, a family of a grandmother who was quarantined in a nursing home was serenaded. Anyone with an internet connection can see that there are bags in the world that are not completely on fire.
Andy Beshear memes for social distancing teens could be another form of this uplifting respite. The word "meme" existed long before Grumpy Cat and Condescending Wonka. A meme in science refers to a transferable piece of culture. The Beshear meme page may only capture a unique moment in a state where a flood of controversial political events has occurred.
A year ago there were no rosy memes praising Kentucky's former governor Matt Bevin. According to Morning Consult polls, Bevin was the country's least popular governor in July 2019, with a disapproval rate of 56%. A New York Times article on governor race found displeasure on both sides of the aisle. Beshear, a Democrat and son of former Kentucky Democratic governor Steve Beshear, won in November with only about 5,000 votes.
However, the rise of the corona virus has become a crucial moment for him. As described by CNET's Rae Hodge, Beshear's proactive response to the pandemic has received bipartisan support from Kentucky lawmakers, and Kentucky seems to flatten its curve compared to neighboring states like Indiana and Tennessee. *
Beshear was quoted as saying, "I will not be the governor who acts two weeks late." Early on, he called for houses of worship to be closed and public and private schools to be closed. While this is not exactly a ban, the state is pursuing a healthy home initiative and all non-essential businesses are closed, to name a few. As of April 6, there were 59 deaths, 1,008 positive cases, and 19,955 tested. He made Slate's list of the best coronavirus governors.
In Memeland, the perception that Kentucky's top manager cares for his people is sometimes translated as: "Let's make Dad Andy proud!" You can even buy a bumper sticker with the outline of the state and "Andy" as Andy from Toy Story wrote his name on the shoes of his toys.
During a briefing on March 22, Beshear answered a question whether he knew anything about the Facebook meme fan page. "If it makes people smile, I'm for it," he said. "We certainly live at different times when that's out there."
There is also reason to believe that Governor Beshears' office knows Meme King status. The Kentucky Fund team, which helps Kentuckians struggling financially with the coronavirus, started selling clothing and merchandise with beshear phrases like "We Can't Do This" http://www.cnet.com/ Next slide, Kenneth "and" Healthy but nervous ".