Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and more join viral 'Elf on the Shelf' meme

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(Screenshot: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)
Hey, it's Grease on Reese! Witherspoon joins other celebrities sharing Elf on the Shelf-inspired memes of themselves. (Screenshot: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram)

By Suzy Byrne

With the internet being pretty much clogged with news about the COVID pandemic, we aren’t surprised that celebrities are all jumping on a viral meme inspired by Elf on the Shelf.

You know the elf we speak of, the one that torments poor parents, who this year are already dealing with enough — a pandemic and off-the-wall kids as a result of it. A few years back, a meme surfaced with the phrase, "You've heard of Elf on the Shelf, now get ready for..." and a photo of something ridiculous like Lil Wayne atop an airplane. This new version shows a celebrity with another celebrity, with a rhyming name, on their shoulder a la the elf.

The recent celebrity ones seem to have stemmed from a Bravo aficionado sharing an image of Pharrell Williams with Garcelle Beauvais on his shoulder, which the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reposted.

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Charlie’s Angels and Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks saw it and it “inspired” her to share her own.

It showed Tom Hanks, as Forrest Gump, on Banks.

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Reese Witherspoon saw Banks’s and came up with Grease — specifically John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John — on Reese.

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Jennifer Garner went with Penn — as in Sean — on Jen.

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Mark Ruffalo jumped in with Stark on Mark — a nod to his Marvel Cinematic Universe friend brought to life by Robert Downey Jr.

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The queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey kept with the theme, showing Jim Carrey’s Grinch on her shoulder.

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Nicole Kidman put Mick, as in Jagger, on Nic.

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Anne Hathaway, known to friends as “Annie,” selected Allison Janney.

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Gal Gadot picked Wonder Woman 1984 co-star Pedro Pascal.

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Kerry Washington shared Perry-on-Kerry, a funny clown version of Katy.

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Julianne Hough went with “Puff-on-Hough,” shouting out Diddy.

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Here are some more from Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Monaghan, Ryan Seacrest and others:

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