COLE SPROUSE WANTS TO SELL HIS TURNIPS ON UR ANIMAL CROSSING ISLAND

Since it debuted in March, Animal Crossing has basically broken the internet (and me). In a world where we’re all social distancing in response to an international pandemic, nothing is more appealing than teleporting to my virtual island sanctuary, attending to my garden and home, and catching up with my villager neighbours

And, I’m not alone. Celebrities! They’re just like us, desperately searching for high turnip prices and the hottest items at Nook’s cranny, meteor showers and catching scorpions, salmon and sharks. From Marvel superheroes to the MVP of Queer Eye and home design, here’s every celebrity that plays Animal Crossing so you can sneak into their island and steal their turnips…I mean, uhh, meet their lovely villagers. 

Cole Sprouse

Fact: Syrup fave Cole Sprouse will visit your island if your turnip stonks are up.

Earlier this morning, on Friday, 8th May, Sprouse tweeted that he had some ‘nips to sell and was on the lookout for a good bargain. Low and behold, people shared screenshots with their measly 50 bells prices and captions such as “not today, pls, Nintendo, NOT today,” before the Riverdale star found someone offering a good bargain.

https://twitter.com/SaltCitySavior/status/1258493953617215488

Here he is spotting a cowboy western-style horned skull headpiece (y’know, because he’s weird…) and burgundy red patterned long sleeve shirt, selling all his turnips for a whooping 2,500,000 bells. I want what he has.

And, as my pal Nurie privately messaged me this morning with the news, in all caps, “God, if Cole Sprouse sold turnips in my town I would cease to exist.” Or for me, God, what I would do to have Jughead to visit Purgatory.

Elijah Wood

If you have high turnip prices, Elijah Wood wants to visit ur Animal Crossing island.

On 24th April, Twitter User @Directedbyrian tweeted that her island was buying turnips for an eye-catching 599 bells. Moments afterwards, The Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood slid into her DMs and asked for her Dodo code.

From there, Wood became the perfect Animal Crossing island visitor. He thanked her for inviting him in, asked if he could pick some fruit and was even willing to stay and chat. If only I could make him a permanent villager on my island.

https://twitter.com/CNVNTNALWEAPONS/status/1253429935214964737
https://twitter.com/clarks0phie/status/1253408237032013833

Simu Liu

Shang Chi’s Simu Liu is actively on the hunt for turnip prices, too, and visited Twitter user @stephphlpv after she sent a tweet to him that Nook’s Cranny was buying turnips for a solid 598 bells. 

Ross Butler

Last month, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before star Noah Centineo did the unspeakable. An Animal Crossing sin worse than time travel and bullying your villagers until they leave. He gave out 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler’s Dodo code on Twitter, inviting all of his 1.5 million followers to join Butler’s little island resort.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8HmyYEBZYu/

Needless to say, things went a bit chaotic

Wyatt Oleff

Like many other social distancing long distance couples, I Am Not Okay With This star Wyatt Oleff is using the game to connect with his girlfriend Erin and go on cute dates together.

And, uh, here’s an Animal Crossing x Wyatt Oleff fancam because of course there is one.

Lil Nas X

I hope Lil Nas X got to celebrate his 25th birthday in Animal Crossing.

While Lil Nas X hasn’t ever tweeted footage of the game, on his 25th birthday this year he shared a photo of himself donning a white matching tracksuit, bedazzled sneakers and cowboy hat with the caption, “um, so, do you wanna play Animal Crossing?”

https://www.instagram.com/p/B84w9hNF-Oh/

Um, yes, Lil Nas X. I sure would.

I like to think that his island is called Yeehaw island or Long Town Road island.

Guy Fieri

Literal meme and American cuisine TV personality Guy Fieri allegedly plays Animal Crossing

https://www.instagram.com/p/B9C_6lgHzTg/

Earlier this month, Fieri shared a photo of his Animal Crossing avatar (fitted with his distinct flame printed tee and white bleached hair) in front of a van in-game with the sign, “Welcome to Fieri Crossing.” 

It all seemed quite legit and people started asking for his Dodo code in the comments—I nearly did too—until Twitter user Meg Bethany Koepp pointed out something, that it was actually a screenshot from the Animal Crossing mobile game Pocket Camp.

https://twitter.com/triforcemeg/status/1249850124173336576

And, really, if you look closely, it’s quite clearly not Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The textures are flatter and not nearly as crisp or in a higher res as it is on Switch. 

But, perhaps, Flavourtown Island is out there…somewhere. 

Chrissy Teigen

Model and TV personality Chrissy Teigen has spent her time in quarantine doing four things: baking, “appearing” on RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race, taking care of her kids and chipping away at her Animal Crossing home late at night. 

But, she, just like me, has encountered a problem with Animal Crossing. For those of us who have daytime commitments or like to play at night, it’s almost impossible to sell some sticks and stones for some quick cash.

Nook’s Cranny only stays open till 10pm and doesn’t open till early next morning. While you can send items into the box outside (a vast void of pure sheer capitalism), if you aren’t ever online when Timmy & Tommy’s shop is open, then you won’t ever know your daily turnip prices or what hot item the boys are craving today.

Essentially, Teigen wants her island open 24/7 and so do I.

At least there’s fishing, lol.

Queer Eye’s Bobbie Brown

Queer Eye’s MVP and interior design king Bobby Brown took to Twitter to give Animal Crossing players tips on creating their perfect island home. 

And, tbh, some of the tips are not only useful for in-game but for recreating your own irl pad during quarantine. 

Brie Larson

Without a doubt in my mind, Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson is the undisputed biggest Animal Crossing fan. She takes her Switch everywhere she goes, actively retweets memes about Tom Nook and often reads up on other players’ adventures. 

And, it’s super cute.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B99wBILDprr/

So, what does this all mean?

What all these Animal Crossing celebrity stories tell us is to shoot our shot. Given just how popular Animal Crossing is and how it’s literally exploded Twitter, it’s a safe bet to reach out to your favourite celebrities while your turnip prices are high. You never who you’ll get to meet.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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