Matthew Perry has had negative reactions for promoting a clothing line that encourages “Friends” fans to get the coronavirus vaccine.
The 51-year-old actor shared an image of himself wearing the new T-shirt, which borrows from his Chandler Bing character’s catchphrase which reads, “Could I be more vaccinated?” ”
The T-shirt is one of several clothing items that Perry is selling for a limited time and featuring references to his character “Friends”.
However, a handful of people initially responded to the merchandise on social media by calling out the actor for taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, sparking a little debate among fans of the hit 1990s sitcom.
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“Just propaganda machines for life, eh?” They’re just celebrities anymore, ”one Instagram commenter wrote.
“Could this be more of a stop?” Another wrote.
“Why would I give even more money to a multimillionaire?” ” someone noted on twitter.
“Making money with a vaccine-related t-shirt is in bad taste. Could I be more bored, ” another wrote.
While a small portion of Perry’s followers were upset that he was promoting the vaccine for personal use, the majority of responses were positive, with many even praising the star for his vaccine awareness.
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“People ~ why do you have to be offended for each. Small. Thing? ” an advocate for Perry tweeted.
“Good for you Mathew… Anything that raises awareness about this effort is priceless. If you can win a dollar or two, too bad. You have done a lot of things that benefit others. Thank you! another added.
“I am baffled by how upset people are. I am not and we have lost people to Covid disease in our family. I think this promotes the life-saving vaccination and helps let those around us know that we are vaccinated and not anti-mask when we are ready to go mask-less. All the right messages, ” a third user noted.
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As of Tuesday morning, the new coronavirus infected more than 167,338,103 people in 192 countries and territories, leading to at least 3,474,370 deaths. In the United States, all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, totaling more than 33,143,747 illnesses and at least 590,533 deaths.
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Perry’s promotion of the limited-time merchandise follows the first official trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Friends’ reunion, which itself was marked by the coronavirus pandemic and pushed back to a much larger premiere date. late, May 27. The reunion will see Perry reunite with his “Friends” co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer for the first time since the show ended in 2004.