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Blue Ivy has a hand-washing PSA—and it’s getting memed

'Funny how Albert Einstein hasn’t said a peep since Blue Ivy released her experiment.'


Alexandra Samuels

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 19, 2020

Blue Ivy, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Jay-Z’s eldest daughter, has something to say about the importance of washing your hands

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In a now-viral Twitter video, Blue Ivy used the soap and pepper trick to demonstrate proper hand-washing. “Since we’re stuck at home,” Blue Ivy says, she’d like to show us “a little DIY experiment.”

The materials needed: a bowl with soap in it, another bowl of water and pepper, and a pepper dispenser. 

“This is why it’s important to wash your hands,” she says. “So I have a mixture of a lot of different types of soap inside of this, and this is the coronavirus or any virus, it’s actually just pepper,” she says, making clear that the pepper sprinkled in the water is meant to represent the virus.

Then, Blue Ivy informs viewers that they need to place their finger inside the mixture of soaps—“Make sure you get a lot on there,” she says—before placing her own finger inside and water and pepper mixture, causing the pepper “virus” to disperse to the sides of the bowl. 

“But if you keep your hands dirty, you might get sick,” she says. “So peace out. I hope you guys are staying safe, wash your hands extra, and please stay home. Love y’all.”

While simple, this is a fairly effective visual illustration of the importance of soap. And, her project was enough to soften Twitter user’s hearts, who got her trending with memes and called on her to give daily coronavirus briefings over President Donald Trump.

“Funny how Albert Einstein hasn’t said a peep since Blue Ivy released her experiment,” one Twitter user quipped.

Of course, the video came after Beyoncé gave her own impassioned PSA about the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on Black communities. But that seemed to take a back seat to Blue Ivy. 

“I can’t believe Blue Ivy had to waste her time to get on the internet to tell y’all to wash your dirty hands,” user @_heyyyjess wrote on Twitter.


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*First Published: Apr 19, 2020, 11:44 am CDT