It’s Sunday, but Monday morning won’t be like last week for anyone in Aotearoa. Here are some highlights from the lighter side of the confinement for your weekend cheer.
That’s a lock cake! RNZ reader Devoney shipped this artwork with Dr. Ashley Bloomfield in edible form.
“It is panna cotta of condensed milk with passion fruit dough,” he writes. Share your bakery art on Instagram at @devoneybakes.
But it was Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins who lit up social media with an accidental misstatement during the 1:00 p.m. press conference, when he admitted that it is difficult for Kiwis to “get out and spread their legs when surrounded by others”. (Helpful Hint: Stretch your legs, don’t spread them apart, unless you’re doing the splits.)
– Cleo (@cleotibbitts) August 22, 2021
Within minutes, there was a bit of comedic fuss:
OMG Chris Hipkins just said that it’s hard to spread your legs in high-density areas instead of stretching them … Heard that, right?
– Alice through the looking glass (@ LexRegina72) August 22, 2021
Does anyone else directing Chris Hipkins say “spread your legs” instead of “stretch your legs”? We are already losing the plot here and have ended up in fits of laughter.
– Faith Welch (@FaithUOA) August 22, 2021
Chris Hipkins’ Freudian slip on presser today will be immortalized in Covid19 memories of New Zealand.
– Beckie (@FitKiwi) August 22, 2021
“nz twitter may have a little sexual joke, as a gift”
– chris hipkins
– outdoor folksy loving himbo (@finlay_txt) August 22, 2021
It didn’t take long for the memes to kick in, and Dr. Bloomfield’s reaction with raising his eyebrows attracted a lot of attention:
– Aimee (@aimee_nz) August 22, 2021
Now in gif form pic.twitter.com/6z53Kalcmb
– David Cormack (@David_Cormack) August 22, 2021
– geek (@GeekeryNZ) August 22, 2021
And the hashtag:
#Open your legs & Ashley’s reaction was exactly the comic relief Aotearoa needed today. Seriously, I was on the verge of a little cry of anxiety when that happened.
– Ciará (@CearaArmstrong) August 22, 2021
An extremely Catholic mother-in-law just passed by (she lives at the end of the street). I yelled at him if he was ‘spreading his legs’ … awkward silence and look of disgust … he missed that part of the presser at 1pm. UPS. #Open your legs
– Frank (@GregAFC) August 22, 2021
It was probably the kind of cathartic meme I needed on Sunday afternoon, to be honest.
We’ll let the prime minister’s fiancee give the final word on this:
Is it Kãkã’s mating season? They seem to be full of Chris Hipkins in the backyard right now. I’ve never seen so many, totally NO social distancing.
– Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) August 22, 2021
Meanwhile, there were other memes circulating today:
The daily presser foot exercise at 1:00 PM. M. ️♀️ ♀️ ♂️ ♂️ pic.twitter.com/S2cJoLFmju
– Anaria – 100% Phizered (@AndreaLyall) August 22, 2021
It may have been Sunday, but even (socially estranged) birds need a hand in the confinement.
– Nik Dirga (@nikdirga) August 22, 2021
And on Instagram, Anika Moa gave a live concert for babies and children, which was just what locked up parents needed:
PSA for parents, Anika Moa is playing some songs for bubbas on insta pic.twitter.com/qjL7KAWwng
– I have to believe (@nimbiwit) August 21, 2021
Petition to canonize Anika Moa. Specifically, the patron saint of locked up single parents with young children. She played a 45 minute live concert for all of us this morning despite having a cold and being locked in as a single mother herself. Legendary.
– Marianne Elliott (@zenpeacekeeper) August 21, 2021
MVP Aunty of lockdown Anika Moa is doing an Instagram live rn, get it e te whānau
– Emma espina (@emmawehipeihana) August 21, 2021