For every comedian who posts an awkward childhood photo, Stephen Colbert pledges money to disaster relief efforts.
While President Donald Trump may not be adequately addressing the devastation stemming from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, socially conscious citizens and former presidents are taking it upon themselves to use the resources at their disposal to help fund disaster relief efforts.
And operating on a large, visible platform as the host of “Late Night,” Stephen Colbert decided he would donate money to post-Maria recovery efforts every time a celebrity shared a cringeworthy photo from their youth.
For every star who posts a picture using the #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief hashtags, Colbert will donate, via his Americone Dream Fund, $1,000 to One America Appeal’s fundraising effort. Based on the level of participation, Puerto Rican residents will be due quite a bit of monetary aid.
Naturally, Colbert and the guest on his show for the announcement, comedian Nick Kroll, were among the first to post their pics.
Nick Kroll asked me to post a pic of my awkward stage, but I never had one. So here's me lookin' cool as hell!… https://t.co/eQLngJQehC— Stephen Colbert (@Stephen Colbert) 1506571757.0
@StephenAtHome Thank you Stephen. In return, here's me trying to look like a tough guy because I hadn't yet hit… https://t.co/6LVPWHLUlb— nick kroll (@nick kroll) 1506572586.0
Rival talk show host Jimmy Kimmel was quick to get in on the fun for a good cause.
Hey @NickKroll & @StephenAtHome here’s a photo of me from earlier today #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/TELUdYH43d— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel) 1506577353.0
So too was Sarah Silverman.
Yo ma mensches @nickkroll & @StephenAtHome here's some sweet awkward #Puberme for #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/y4JrPr7ekf— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman) 1506616650.0
Fellow comedian John Mulaney contributed an “eyes wide shut” prom picture that he’s very content blaming on the photographer.
Ok @nickkroll & @StephenAtHome. Homecoming Freshman year. Why'd the photographer allow this? #puberme… https://t.co/bo9s0LFbtT— John Mulaney (@John Mulaney) 1506608711.0
Indie filmmaker brothers Jay and Mark Duplass were also quick to make fun of themselves for a good cause.
Dear @nickkroll & @StephenAtHome. Pls find this picture of me before my brain was fully formed. #PuberMe… https://t.co/Bbx0dIAceg— Mark Duplass (@Mark Duplass) 1506609198.0
.@nickkroll asked me to share an awkward picture of me at puberty Ur welcome @CocaCola & @LEVIS... now pony up!… https://t.co/si5k9RG763— Jay Duplass (@Jay Duplass) 1506627204.0
Since going viral yesterday, many more celebs have put their vanity aside to help raise awareness using the hashtags.
.@nickkroll Hope pimple in the middle of my forehead doesn't distract too much from my (actual) hairless kitten… https://t.co/XMouEUK7Nc— Lena Dunham (@Lena Dunham) 1506663686.0
If it’ll help #PuertoRicoRelief I’ll happily #PuberMe, but all my adolescent pics are 100% awesome: https://t.co/VngrzRrlzu— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1506652827.0
Is this what you want, @nickkroll and @StephenAtHome? Me at 15. #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/1nPoa5mTqn— marc maron (@marc maron) 1506667668.0
Hey @nickkroll and @StephenAtHome, this photo was taken the day I replaced David Letterman. #PuberMe… https://t.co/kEuS5YxKCM— Conan O'Brien (@Conan O'Brien) 1506648040.0
Um, @StephenAtHome @nickkroll? *Dumps jar full of #PuberMe on the counter* How much does this get me for… https://t.co/lgJ2AD8jDH— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin-Manuel Miranda) 1506678780.0
The hair .. the shoe sock combo @StephenAtHome #PuberMe #puertoricorelief https://t.co/ctSRZz9G1Q— lena headey (@lena headey) 1506691945.0
Hello ladies.... and @nickkroll and @StephenAtHome, I'm James from High Wycombe, England. #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/usuL9lH9GJ— James Corden (@James Corden) 1506640790.0
#puberMe and my car purse at 13 #PuertoRicoRelief @StephenAtHome @nickkroll https://t.co/pkjyAUoByt— Emmy Rossum (@Emmy Rossum) 1506693851.0
Choose your own adventure ✌🏽@StephenAtHome @nickkroll #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/CXAFECql4c— ALBUM OUT NOW CALLED ANATOMY OF ANGELS WOOOO (@ALBUM OUT NOW CALLED ANATOMY OF ANGELS WOOOO) 1506690794.0
. @NickKroll & @StephenAtHome pledged to donate to #PuertoRicoRelief for every celeb that posts a #PuberMe pic from… https://t.co/LJ0KS6QHWN— Mayim Bialik (@Mayim Bialik) 1506701234.0
Does awkward teenage bubble hair count? #PuertoRicoRelief @nickkroll @StephenAtHome #PuberMe https://t.co/4hhaoRqa57— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@Debbie Harry/BLONDIE) 1506694800.0
Dear @StephenAtHome: Here is my circa 1986 #PuberMe pic to help with #PuertoRicoRelief. At age 16, I'm not a clerk,… https://t.co/yRoIYCN3MU— KevinSmith (@KevinSmith) 1506694608.0
I was happy because Growing Pains had been renewed. @nickkroll @StephenAtHome #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/LejRtRC4es— Adam Scott (@Adam Scott) 1506697343.0
Here I am at 10 (the camera had just been invented) #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief @nickkroll @StephenAtHome https://t.co/sRpTY5C7E1— Larry King (@Larry King) 1506696784.0
Yes @nickkroll @StephenAtHome, I did do a summer program at the Bronx Zoo where I cleaned the petting zoo cages.… https://t.co/5yx9lbsJve— Ben Schwartz (@Ben Schwartz) 1506693124.0
One angle of my zit wasn’t enough. @nickkroll @StephenAtHome #PuberMe #PuertoRicoRelief https://t.co/3ZCk04ffmv— Jeff Tweedy (@Jeff Tweedy) 1506663347.0
.@nickkroll & @StephenAtHome. Honestly, had a hard time finding one #puberme #puertoricorelief #PuberMe https://t.co/zVcJFUxLTf— Andy Richter (@Andy Richter) 1506644070.0
Okay @nickkroll @StephenAtHome @jimmykimmel here you go! Rocking the Fred Perry hard! #puberme @puertoricorelief https://t.co/4rDpC2zoSL— Judd Apatow (@Judd Apatow) 1506606056.0
As the photos continue to come in, remember that the purpose (aside from a cheap, hearty laugh) is to raise money for an area that’s been ravaged and, many believe, overlooked by government aid, so consider donating to the cause at oneamericaappeal.com.