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Tom Hanks has reignited the Vegemite debate

'Is he trying to cure coronavirus with Vegemite?'

Mar 15, 2020, 2:49 pm

Internet Culture

Brooke Sjoberg 

Brooke Sjoberg

Once again, the exotic yeast spread Vegemite is a topic of debate on Twitter.

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Tom Hanks tweeted to thank his “helpers” Sunday as he and his wife Rita Wilson are under voluntary quarantine.

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After sharing a photo of his breakfast of Vegemite on toast, Hanks sparked some hot takes online. Some say he used way too much, others the perfect amount. There’s also a third party questioning why he’s eating it at all.

In the first camp are people applauding his “Vegemite game.”

“Respect to Tom Hanks’s Vegemite game,” Twitter user @chrisopotamia wrote. “I personally would need more butter, but he goes hard and I’m proud.”

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The party of “that is far too much Vegemite” has resorted to references of his film career.

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“Tom’s lathering on that Vegemite like he is about to be banished to that island with Wilson for another 5 years,” Australian athlete @DylanAlcott wrote in a tweet.

Castaway and Saving Private Ryan are popular for these purposes.

“Braver: Tom Hanks’s character in Saving Private Ryan, or coronavirus-riddled Tom Hanks about to take a bite of toast that’s had Vegemite smeared on it with a trowel?” Twitter user @stevesmithffx wrote.

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Others noted that the amount of Vegemite he slathered on the bread might make him uncomfortable.

“Okay you need to scrape around 60% of that Vegemite off, otherwise it’s gonna be nasty and hurt your mouth friend,” Twitter user @AmyThunig wrote.

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With Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson testing positive for coronavirus, of course, it has a presence in the jokes.

“Cripes, we’ve given him coronavirus *and* Vegemite,” @GrogsGamut wrote in a tweet.

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*First Published: Mar 15, 2020, 2:49 pm