The internet has been buzzing the past few days with what is surely the strangest pop culture handball reference since Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live back in 2012. And, that would be rapper Lizzo‘s Instagram DM to actor Chris Evans which mysteriously included a handball girl emoji. This DM is briefly shown in the star’s TikTok video with the following caption:
“Don’t drink and DM, kids…. for legal porpoises this is a joke”
A few days later Evans kindly responded back with
“No shame in a drunk DM. God knows I’ve done worse on this app lol,”
An apparent reference to a nude picture that he accidentally shared on Instagram.
Sent to the Wrong Captain America?
None of this explains, however, why out of the thousands of emojis available she picked the handball girl emoji. Is there some hidden meaning? Does she even know that handball exists as a sport? Does Chris Evans know about handball? My gut feeling is that it was just a random selection.
But, there is another possibility. Maybe she is a huge handball fan and perhaps it was sent to the wrong Captain America? After all, there is another Captain America, Drew Donlin, who actually plays handball. Further, Donlin who plays handball for Team USA and Spanish Club Team, Leon is from Minnesota. Could fellow Minnesotan Lizzo be done with here “New man on the Minnesota Vikings” and seeking a star in another sport?