‘Certified Young Person’ Paul Rudd teams up with NY Gov. Cuomo in satire mask video

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Kansas City’s favorite actor and the governor of New York have teamed up in a goofy new video with one underlying message — “Wear a mask.”

The video, posted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s YouTube page and Twitter account on Sept. 14, already has nearly a quarter of a million views and 112,000 favorites, respectively.

“Governor Cuomo asked 26-year-old actor Paul Rudd to explain why the youths should wear masks. Listen to Paul,” the caption of the video states.

In the video, Rudd acts as a “Certified Young Person,” using satire and a lot of Millennial and Gen Z lingo.

“So Cuoms asked me, he’s like, ‘So Paul. What are you, like 26?’ And I didn’t correct him,” Rudd says in the video. “So fam, let’s real talk. Masks, they’re totally beast! So slide that into your DMs and Twitch it!”

Watch the video embedded in this story to see the full PSA. If you need a translation, here are definitions for a few of the words he uses:

  • Homie: A friend or a member of one’s peer group or gang
  • No cap: “No lie,” often used to show someone is not exaggerating
  • Fam: Like “family,” often used to reference a friend group
  • Beast: Someone who does something really well
  • Twitch: A social media platform meant for streaming live videos
  • Queen: A person, usually a woman, who is very confident and doesn’t take disrespect
  • Stan: An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity
  • Bae: An affectionate term for someone you love or care about
  • Dank: A term describing something as “excellent”
  • Yeet: To throw something, coming from the Yeet dance where the dancer makes a throwing motion while saying “Yeet!”

“You know, my frustration is younger people. College kids coming back to college, they all want to have a party, they all want to drink. Younger people at protests, they’re not wearing their masks, they think they’re invincible. So, for months the great challenge is how to get to young people. I call up Paul Rudd, and I’m a big fan of Paul Rudd, I had met him at an event. I call him up and I said, ‘You know can you do a PSA, a video, that really gets to young people?’ And he’s respectful, he’s listening to me, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah I can do that.’ I said, ‘You know you’re funny. I think humor might do it,’ because I’ve tried everything. I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded, I’ve threatened. I don’t know what else to say. So, Paul Rudd says, ‘Yeah, I can do it.'”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo


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