Pokémon Go hasn’t even been out for a week yet, and it’s already a smash hit and a veritable pop-culture phenomenon. Seemingly everyone and their mother is playing it, and that includes plenty of celebrities. (See, they’re just like us!)
If you haven’t seen your favorite famous person posting about Pokémon Go, there’s a chance you just aren’t paying attention; Twitter users sent 4.7 million tweets about the game in the week from July 4-11. So here’s a compilation of social media posts from stars of all stripes, as an indication of just how mainstream Pokémon Go is.
It was initially unclear if singer Josh Groban is playing Pokémon Go or just referencing a zeitgeist-y thing for some social media currency.
Welp time to Pokemon go to bed, I gotta Pokemon go to work early tomorrow.— josh groban (@joshgroban) July 11, 2016
But in a follow-up tweet, he strongly implied that he’s been catching ’em all.
Nerdist founder and TV host Chris Hardwick has made a career out of being a geek and proud of it. So it’s no surprise that he’d be out and about trying to snag a Rhyhorn or two, as an ardent supporter of Team Mystic.
Thanks Pokemon Go for making me catch a Rhyhorn in a yogurt shop so I'd have to explain to 2 ladies that I wasn't photographing their kids— Chris Hardwick (@hardwick) July 12, 2016
Hardwick might have a popular podcast and multiple TV shows and 2.86 million Twitter followers, but when it comes to Pokémon Go’s reliability (or lack thereof), no one is immune to issues.
The Jonas Brothers
OK, so technically, only two of the Jonas brothers are actually playing Pokémon Go, as far as we know. Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas both sent similar tweets about the game this week, wondering about the likelihood that Pokémon were present at famous landmarks.
Rumor has it Mew2 is at Area 51... Road trip anyone? #PokemonGO— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) July 12, 2016
Think they put a Pokemon at the Everest base camp?— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) July 11, 2016
Nick Jonas may not be playing Pokémon Go himself, but he’s currently on tour with fellow pop star Demi Lovato, and she is definitely on the hunt for pocket monsters.
Demi just seriously said out loud... "There's no fuckin Pokemon here?!" #thisisoutofhand @ddlovato— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) July 12, 2016
Another musician who’s frustrated about not being able to find Pokémon is rapper Wiz Khalifa.
I feel like there's Pokemon all around me and I just don't know it.— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) July 11, 2016
He’s still enjoying the game a lot, as evidenced by two tweets he sent in quick succession — one in which he said he was "havin so much fun" playing, and another in which he proclaimed that he was undeterred by reports of privacy concerns with Pokémon Go:
I know about the privacy issues wit Pokemon but fuck man. Nigga gotta catch em all.— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) July 12, 2016
When she’s not working as an anti-bullying activist, Monica Lewinsky — the subject of one of the most infamous political scandals of all time — is reading our sister site Vox.com, searching for answers to her burning questions about Pokémon Go:
i can't be alone... https://t.co/v1CGzF75GM— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) July 13, 2016
Guitarist John Mayer is currently touring the U.S. with the new band Dead & Company, which he formed last year with three members of the Grateful Dead. His own albums have sold more than 20 million copies, so it’s unsurprising that he would have no problem plunking down the maximum amount of money that Pokémon Go will allow you to spend on PokéCoins:
(PokéCoins, for the uninitiated, are the paid currency with which you can purchase in-game items that will help you catch and upgrade Pokémon.)
WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon might be 70 years old, but he stays in shape by using the weight room and stays in touch with what millennials are up to by, well, playing Pokémon Go, apparently:
I don’t care who you are … Get OUT of my weight room! #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/JLaB71nSKV— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) July 13, 2016
(Yes, we’re wondering about the scroll bar to the left of Gastly, which provides a clue suggesting that this isn’t actually a screenshot from McMahon’s phone. But if you get to the point where you’re analyzing images tweeted by famous people to ascertain whether they were Photoshopped ... maybe you should just let yourself enjoy life once in a while.)
Pokémon Go isn’t available worldwide yet; developer Niantic Labs has slowed the game’s global rollout because of higher-than-expected demand that has overwhelmed the company’s servers. But that apparently hasn’t stopped Reuven "Ruvi" Rivlin, the president of Israel, from trying to catch ’em all:
The translation, by the way, is this: "Somebody call security [personnel]."
Model, cook, Lip Sync Battle host and new mom Chrissy Teigen seems to have had a short-lived love affair with Pokémon Go. Earlier this week, she began wondering aloud about whether she’d be able to play the game in Italy, and whether she’s too old to catch Pokémon (take it from us: no, 30 is definitely not the age cutoff for playing a Pokémon game).
After getting over her age concerns — and her worries over the dangers of exploring her environment on foot — Teigen began playing while watching a clip of NBC’s The Office:
Michael watch outttt pic.twitter.com/OWLRoESsiA— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 10, 2016
But less than two days later, Teigen proclaimed that she was "over Pokemon," and that she wanted everyone to "pretend I never played and I never bought hundreds of pounds of incense." The reason?
I am good for a single outdoor activity for about 15 minutes— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 12, 2016