Even while practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, stars like Maluma, Quincy Brown, Dascha Polanco and Poo Bear are finding creative ways to bring joy to their fans.
In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day Thursday, Maluma, 26, Brown, 28, Polanco, 37, and Poo Bear, 41, teamed up with nonprofit Best Buddies to Instagram Live with Glee actress Lauren Potter, 29, and some of their fans who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies, founded by Anthony K. Shriver whose mom founded the Special Olympics, serves to create inclusive opportunities for individuals with mental disabilities including autism.
“Man, I love you,” Potter told Polanco during their chat. “I love you, Lauren. It was so nice to meet you,” the Orange Is the New Black star said.
Some fans shared their artwork, sang and even danced while connecting with their celebrity best buddies.
“And I am here on live,” Brown said before he and his twin sisters D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs, 13, performed an adorable dance together with his buddy.
“Yay, that was really cool!” she said smiling with two thumbs up.
“I’m so excited to be here with you,” Maluma told his fans. Best Buddies participant Sergio even invited the star to attend his wedding in Colombia as the two spoke in their native Spanish.
Meanwhile on Poo Bear’s call, one buddy sang a sweet song to express his gratitude. “That’s nice, did you write that?” the producer asked before the young man explained that it was actually a church song he had learned.
In an additional Instagram Live video, Polanco blew kisses as she spoke with a cute baby. “Oh my God, I’m gonna cry,” the actress said before getting emotional. “I can’t do this you guys, this is too much,” Polanco said.
“You guys take the time to donate to or donate your time to bestbuddies.org,” she said. “I’m trying not to cry. I’m so excited and I’m looking forward to all of you guys.”
To help emphasize the importance of practicing isolation and social distancing as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Best Buddies created a hoodie available for $25 that reads “PLEASE STAY HOME” along the backside.