David Hasselhoff is known for many things—Baywatch; Knight Rider; his motivational speaking; his reality show, The Hasselhoffs, whose debut and cancellation were virtually simultaneous. But the American actor-singer’s greatest claim to fame is that he is huge in Germany, and pretty much nowhere else. “There is a museum of Hasselhoff paraphernalia in Berlin, which used to own a patch of his chest hair until it was stolen by an excitable fan,” noted The Times of London recently.
Now, after decades of Teutonic adulation, he’s giving something back: “The Hoff” is appearing on social media at the behest of the German government, urging the unvaccinated to switch sides. “I found freedom with vaccination,” he declares, displaying a handy biceps. “You can, too!”