When it came to the 2019 Golden Globes, there was no shortage of shenanigans. The precursor to the Oscars has a reputation for being less pretentious, with many of the attendees tipsy well before the after party.
Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh had some fun of their own from the stage. “Roll up your sleeves everybody,” Oh announced. “Because you’re all getting flu shots.”
A parade of “nurses” and “doctors” in white lab coats weaved among the dining celebrities to administer the vaccine while LMFAO’s “Shots” served as a soundtrack.
— Access (@accessonline) January 7, 2019
Meanwhile, anti-vaxxers appeared to be getting agita at the sight of syringes.
“They’re from the Rite Aid at Echo Park,” Samberg said. “If you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on—perhaps over—your head and we will skip you.”
But the best reaction came from Willem Dafoe. It was super awkward to witness, yet hard to look away.
willem dafoe was not sure about that flu shot situation pic.twitter.com/NdPDxxsCRl
— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) January 7, 2019
The Murder on the Orient Express actor gave a nervous smile and appeared ambivalent about the threat of a jab in his arm.
His reaction became an instant meme-worthy event.
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) January 7, 2019
— raven⚡ (@shoetsukiyama) January 7, 2019
Willem DaFoe on Flu Shots: pic.twitter.com/KBHi3xyhNa
— Stefano “Soulja Man” De La Cuesta (@THE_Stefano_DLC) January 7, 2019
willem dafoe will win a golden globe next year as best guest actor for his flu shot reaction at golden globes
— dilara elbir (@elbirdilara) January 7, 2019
Imagine giving Willem Dafoe a flu shot
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) January 7, 2019
I said, NO FLU SHOTS!
Joking aside, Self pointed out that the not-so-subtle public service announcement served as a reminder that it’s never too late for the flu shot.
Infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, M.D. said “Now we’re really starting to see flu cases pick up, and many states are reporting widespread flu activity.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season starts around October and November and can last through May.
“But there is still time to be vaccinated before the height of the season arrives. We haven’t seen the worst of the season yet.”
And because the weird segment during the Globes cut away to commercial, there was no evidence of celebrities getting jabbed at the dinner table. That may be a good thing.
Frank Esper, M.D., an infectious disease expert at Cleveland Clinic, told Self, “Generally we advise against getting vaccination if you’re intoxicated.”
Vaccinations could come with side effects, and having alcohol in your system could confuse your diagnoses.
Esper asked, “If you’re found vomiting in the gutter, is that because of a reaction to a vaccination or to a double whiskey sour?”
The Globes was Hollyweird to the max, but the medical party favors sure made for an interesting evening. Right, Willem Dafoe?