BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Canadian rapper, Drake, came out with the song Hotline Bling in the summer of 2015, but the wildly popular songs and the memes that have come out of it remain popular to this day.
It’s why, when Baltimore City was trying to spread the word about social distancing, the choice was obvious.READ MORE: Gov. Hogan Signs Bill To Allow Cocktails-To-Go, Alcohol Delivery Through June 2023
Emily Ianacone is part of the City’s design team.
“It’s Drake and the video was awesome,” she told WJZ Monday, referring to his music video.
As Governor Hogan eases restrictions on some outdoor activities, the City’s Health Department said people had a lot of questions about what is and is not allowed.
“We saw that folks were trying to plan cookouts and we were worried about that,” said Adam Abadir, the Director of Communications for Baltimore City’s Health Department.READ MORE: Gov. Larry Hogan Signs 226 Bills Into Maryland Law Tuesday, Including One Legalizing Sports Betting
With the warmer weather, many people were planning or asking the Health Department about having cookouts.
And that’s when Ianacone thought of Drake and his Hotline Bling Meme.
She quickly created one the said; “Having a cookout with all of your friends and relatives?” Drake gestures, ‘no.’
The second part of the meme asked, “having a cookout with just the people you live with?” And is accompanied by a photo of Drake that shows he approves.
Ianacone said the hope is that the meme will be heavily shared among Baltimore’s residents.MORE NEWS: Baltimore's AFRAM Festival Will Be Back This Summer As A Hybrid Experience
“We will use his (Drake’s) populated to spread the message of social distancing and staying safe during times of the coronavirus,” Abadir said.