Tom Hanks Channels Mister Rogers in New Coronavirus Update, Stirs Up Vegemite Controversy

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Tom Hanks is in a lot of trouble, folks.

Because he's been diagnosed with the Coronavirus? No.

But because he seemingly just broke some seriously Australian eating etiquette.

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In a new update posted on Instagram on Sunday, the 63-year-old superstar channeled beloved children's TV character Mister Rogers -- who he portrayed in the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood -- by quoting the legendary personality as follows:

"Thanks to the Helpers. Let's take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx."

On Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which aired from 1968 to 2001, the host told viewers that his mother always advised him to "look for the helpers" during times of trouble.

This was encouraging advice, meant to help people see the best in any given situation.

Tom Hanks and Rita

It was the perfect message from Hanks.

But it wasn't accompanied by the perfect photo.

You see, Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been isolated in Australia ever since their diagnosis, with the actor posting a photo of some toast with Vegemite along with his inspiring message.

We've shared below, and then we've shared why it's stirred up quite the controversy:

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According to many observers, Hanks spread way too much of the aforementioned Australian delicacy on his two pieces of bread.

Like, way, WAY too much of it.

"Dear Tom, that's lovely but you spread the Vegemite way too thick," author Jane Caro tweeted, for example, adding:

"The secret to Vegemite toast is 1/3 Vegemite to 2/3 butter maximum. And add smashed avocado for extra awesomeness."

Added TV host Michael Rowland: "Gee, that's a lot of Vegemite."

Tom Hanks, Wife

The controversy has exploded to such an extent that Tom's son, Colin Hanks, also weighed in via Twitter.

"I've been saying, 'That's way too much for one piece of toast,' to him for years," the actor wrote.

Hanks and Wilson, who were Down Under for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley movie, were tested for coronavirus after feeling under the weather last Wednesday.

Tom Hanks Snapshot

"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," the star wrote on Instagram last week, explaining;

"Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

He then explained "we Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires.

Tom Hanks on Stage

More than 6,400 people have died of the novel coronavirus and at least 167,000 have tested positive for it in more than 110 countries since it was discovered in Wuhan, China late last year.

In the United States, numerous cities have shut down schools, restaurants, bars and nearly all public establishment.

This has been declared a "global pandemic" by the World Health Organization.

Tom Hanks at the Oscars

In a previous update to his own condition, Hanks wrote:

"Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us.

"We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time.

"There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?"

Tom Hanks with Rita Wilson

Finally, paraphrasing his famous line from A League of Their Own, he wrote:

"Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball."

This guy is the best.

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