Australians are really concerned about Tom Hanks' Vegemite toast

Tom Hanks is dividing social media users around the world, especially Australians, after sharing a photo of his afternoon snack. The mixed reactions began when Hanks, who is currently quarantined in Australia with his wife, Rita Wilson, shared the image to social media. The 63-year-old actor seemed to be eating two slices of toast with enormous helpings of Vegemite, a yeast-based Australian food spread. As the food isn’t immensely popular in the U.S., many commenters seemed to believe Hanks had accidentally made a major snacking mistake. Others were far more critical, calling the meal “nasty” and “disgusting” . A few even shared instructions to help Hanks better manage his Vegemite portions. One Australian user wrote that the “secret to Vegemite toast is 1/3 vegemite to 2/3 butter maximum”

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