“Pretty Drippy”: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Joins Ryan Reynolds’ Elite Christmas Club

Published 12/20/2023, 7:42 PM EST

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The internet has been buzzing with memes about the epic ugly Christmas sweater prank played on Ryan Reynolds back in 2018. In the viral image, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are seen exchanging a congratulatory dap while a perplexed Ryan Reynolds contemplates life’s intricacies. Since that memorable moment, Reynolds has skillfully transformed public attention into a grand spectacle of his own making. Interestingly, this year, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander seems to be in the mix.

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Reynolds has turned things into a grand venture by leveraging his Christmas sweater craze for charitable causes. Over the past four seasons, he has successfully used it to raise funds. With that, and in the true spirit of the festive season, Reynolds recently sent the sample of his ‘ugly sweater’ to none other than Shai.

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Upon unwrapping his gift, Shai promptly shared an image of the sweater on his Instagram story. Positioned neatly on the left side of the chest was a nametag-style tag. The tag proudly declared, “TO: SHAI FROM: RYAN.” Expressing his gratitude, Alexander thanked Ryan with a caption that read, “Thanks for my sweater,” while tagging the Hollywood star for good measure. Adding a touch of humor and his thoughts, he remarked, “idk why they call this an Ugly sweater… it’s pretty drippy to me.”

While conveying his appreciation to Ryan, Shai ensured the momentum of Reynolds’ charitable initiative continued. With his heartfelt note, Shai included a link to Reynolds’ initiative aimed at supporting sick kids, spreading the holiday spirit and a good cause in one festive gesture.

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Will the fans witness Shai Gilgeous-Alexander donning the festive green and red birthday box-style sweater? Only time will tell. However, if he decides to do so, it will make for a quirky sight for fans and could also extend the reach of Reynolds’ initiative to an even broader audience. Furthermore, The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to play the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers in their next games.

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What is SickKids? How is Shai relevant?

Ryan Reynolds is supporting Toronto’s SickKids Children’s Hospital with his unique brand of sarcasm and the now-iconic sweater. Shai’s relativity comes from the fact that he his a NBA superstar, from Canada. Furthermore, he is also the year’s Canada’s Athlete of the Year recently. In the lighthearted video, with the help of wit, humor, and NHL star Austin Matthews, he is emphasizing the need to address the issue this Christmas.

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In the previous year, Reynolds’ campaign managed to raise nearly $600,000. The annual spots for the campaign come from his agency, Maximum Effort. Adding to the generosity, Samsung Canada has pledged to match all donations made by December 24, 2023, up to $100,000.

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Saahil Dhillan

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