Hollywood Privilege? Vanessa Hudgens Says She Doesn’t Care Whether People Die from the Coronavirus Pandemic
While the number of COVID-19 related deaths hit the 100 marks in the US and thousands of recorded deaths worldwide, some Hollywood stars were still evidently too far from reality. In fact, some failed to empathize and see the scale and magnitude that the virus had, not just in the country but across the world.
One such star is High School Musical alum, Vanessa Hudgens. Bored to death due to the state-mandated lockdown, Hudgens lamented that she does not care whether people would die from the virus. “But like, it’s a virus. I get it; I respect it.” She continued to say, “But at the same time, like, even if everyone gets it, like yeah, people are gonna die, which is terrible, but like, inevitable.” Then, the actress simply laughed it off before cheekily saying that “I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now.”
THE VIDEO WAS DELETED BUT HERE IT IS pic.twitter.com/tj5gm62oZw— vy⁷ YEE DAY (@akumarinette) March 17, 2020
While some were puzzled over Hudgens’s insensitive remarks, others claimed that the so-called Queen of Coachella was just disappointed for being unable to attend the music festival, which might just be the only time she remains relevant.
Social media pundits were not happy with the star’s statement.
“yeah it’s a virus and i respect it but.. “ someone pls tell miss vanessa hudgens that the coronavirus is a literal pandemic. it’s spreading and infecting and killing people all over the world and isolation/quarantine IS the responsible action. it’s not stupid or overdramatic.— rey (@dicksgraysn) March 17, 2020
vanessa hudgens is losing her mind because coachella got cancelled and she doesnt know how else to stay relevant https://t.co/vSDjz9TXPV— d♡ni 🌙 (@lunesrose) March 17, 2020
i know vanessa hudgens as gabriella montez in high school musical 2 said,— G A B E (@gabeawaycar) March 17, 2020
“i gotta say what’s on my mind”
but vanessa hudgens as vanessa hudgens in real life in 2020 talking about the coronavirus should’ve just been quiet https://t.co/gFmaPXU4pq
Hudgens then offered a public apology, admitting that her statement was “insensitive” and tried to tone down her grievous statements by donating to coronavirus efforts. Even Chrissy Teigan, a vocal anti-trump supporter, came in to defend Hudgens stating dismissively that sometimes public figures just do something stupid.
sometimes people, especially famous people, are gonna say really stupid shit. & so are you. and they, and u, will learn from it & hopefully their history says they’re good. it’s ok. and at the same time, wow they really had a dumb fuckin moment. but u don’t have ruin their lives— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 18, 2020
On the other hand, famous rapper Cardi B proclaimed that the situation is becoming “scary” adding that “Coronavirus that s**t is getting real.” However, someone had remixed Cardi’s statement over the growing concern on the coronavirus pandemic into full-blown music and had it played on clubs in Rio. In fact, the user said that he was rather happy that people are smiling and laughing over the coronavirus scare.
On Monday, President Donald Trump had advised people to stay in their homes and avoid gathering of more than ten people. While there is still no announcement over a national shutdown, the president said that is considering a lockdown on coronavirus “hotspots.”